I'd not heard the stuff about him not training, that seems odd as he's got some good link-up play - he's obviously worked tactically if not physically (e.g. hanging around up field for the 5 mins or so before his goal).
I'm inclined to agree with Anthony I think, he's there cos he loves the club and he really has the drive and passion to play, that's got to be a great example and unifier for the team. He had a great game last night, and has had a few times since injury. I forget who it was who commented on Dawson, but the last couple of times he's played he's had pretty good games, some clever tackling etc... I think (I think...) I'm quite happy having King & Woody as first choice CBs, with Dawson and Corluka as cover.
King seems in good form at the moment, I don't know what the behind the scenes situation is but if he's happy to carry on like this (on this sort of 'ad hoc' basis) and Redknapp's happy, then I'm happy.
Hi N_B_R..It was I (or me?) who said about Dawson. With what I have actually seen of his last couple of games have only been from TV highlights so restricted viewing. When he last played in a TV live game, can't remember who, I thought he was caught out of position and his distibution wasn't that great. Maybe the forwards aren't making the same type of runs that Berba and Keane used to. I don't know, just not 100% about him at present. Hope he does find his form again as he was a really good acquisition as a kid.