Nottingham Forest caught the eye during the summer transfer window with a string of stellar additions arriving to bolster the squad.

One of the club’s more romantic signings was that of Michael Dawson, with the central defender rejoining the club which he departed 13 years ago.

Forest have been particularly weak as a defensive unit for several years and the consensus among the vast majority of supporters was that his experience could revive the team’s fortunes in that sense.

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Aston Villa did something similar last season when they tempted former Forest loanee John Terry into a season at Villa Park. The Villans were narrowly beaten in the Play-Off Final by Fulham, but Terry was instrumental in their campaign.

Dawson is slightly younger than the former England captain but he is definitely cut from the same cloth as Terry when it comes to the art of defending.

 

Okay, so Dawson’s career hasn’t scaled the dizzy heights that Terry’s has, but nonetheless, there are definitely similarities in terms of how they handle themselves on a football pitch.

Forest have kept three clean sheets during their last four league games and it is perhaps no coincidence that Dawson has started all of those games, showcasing a dedicated style of defending which puts every emphasis on keeping the ball away from the Reds’ goal at any cost.

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His presence within the back four has been telling of late. Indeed, his partnership with Tobias Figueiredo has represented an intimidating component for Championship attacks to contend with.

The Reds will be hoping that Dawson can lead his boyhood club on a run similar to that which Terry took Villa on last season. The ultimate goal for Forest is to reach the Premier League and on current form, they look a match for any side in the Championship.

Some of the more cynical Forest supporters might have questioned whether Dawson still had enough in the tank to become a first-team regular. His form of late has been significant enough to suggest that he can still be classed as one of the club’s more important players this season.