Michael Dawson may have an uncertain future at Nottingham Forest this summer. The 35-year-old has spent the second-half of the season injured and will have stiff competition for a starting place at centre-back in 2019/20 – Tobias Figueiredo, Alexander Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele.
Joe Worrall will also return to the first-team after his loan spell at Rangers which could make Dawson surplus to requirements. Martin O’Neill has made it clear that Worrall has a future at the City Ground, so does that mean Dawson will be pushed out the door?
The former England international still has another year on his deal at Forest but the squad needs trimming and he may be expendable. Dawson has made 10 Championship appearances, the last of which came against Ipswich Town on December 1.
It’s worth noting that he hasn’t been on the losing team this season, boasting five wins and five draws, but Dawson is clearly in the twilight of his career and Forest are trying to lower the average age. The Reds have enough central defenders without the veteran, so should they let Dawson go?
O’Neill can’t juggle so many players for one position.