Michael Dawson deserves respect but he could be Nottingham Forest’s weak link

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Michael Dawson deserves respect but he could be Nottingham Forest’s weak link

Michael Dawson returns to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday for the first time since leaving to join Nottingham Forest in the summer and I’m sure he will receive a warm reception.

The defender poured his heart and soul into the shirt for four years and I’m sure the fans will recognise his efforts this weekend.

I think every Hull City fan will acknowledge the passion and fight he displayed in black and amber and very few will have begrudged him the chance to move back to where it all began for him.

The move made sense, his contract at City had reached an end and Forest were offering him long-term security and no doubt see out his playing days with the possibility of doing a little bit of coaching in a city he has a connection with.

However, I say this with the greatest of respect, but I think if he plays on Saturday he could well be the weak link City will look to exploit.

At 34, his best days are well and truly behind him and as a result he has found playing time hard to come by at the City Ground, starting just five games this season, of which three come in Forest’s last four games.

He wasn’t signed to be regular starter, with Aitor Karanka admiring his experience off the field as well as on it, but City will know all about his weaknesses as a player and should he be named in the starting XI on Saturday, Fraizer Campbell must be confident that he can add to his goal tally.

It will be an interesting battle of wits, but Campbell has the speed, guile and intelligence to take advantage of his former teammate.

The Tigers will be the underdogs when Aitor Karanka’s side roll into town on Saturday afternoon, the Reds are flying high in the Championship and will be looking to move back into the play-offs with three points.

But despite City’s lowly position, Dawson will be warning teammates of the threats City possess and while the former England international will be welcomed back, hopefully his return will be an unhappy one.

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