Tim Sherwood, Tottenham Hotspur technical coordinator, has good reason to keep a watchful eye on the Earthquakes' Simon Dawkins.
Sherwood not only believes in the English striker's gifts but also might want to return them to Europe sooner than later.
"If he had a run of games, he could play with the Tottenham first team," Sherwood said in a telephone interview this week.
After returning from a May 5 surgery on both calves, Dawkins isn't fit to play the entire game Saturday when the Quakes travel to D.C. United for the start of a two-game trip. But with leading scorer Chris Wondolowski away with the U.S. national team, San Jose needs the goal-scoring threat to help protect its undefeated streak that reached five games last weekend.
Dawkins, 23, has a lot at stake while on loan from Tottenham this season. But so do the Earthquakes, who have a partnership with the English Premier League club that could lead to more young players coming to San Jose.
If the Dawkins experiment works, Sherwood suggested the Quakes could become a destination for young talent. He said Major League Soccer is a better proving ground for skilled players such as Dawkins than lower-division English clubs.
"We should do that a lot more," Sherwood said. "MLS is perfect for them."
I am watching him right now, my favorite MLS team (Seattle) is playing San Jose. I've seen Dawkins a couple other times, and he is no where near good enough for Spurs. He fails to impose himself on the game, makes poor decisions, doesn't work very hard. Can't see him making it here. Probably will be sold to a Championship team.
Is it just me, or, aside from the goals (which are all impressive) does he look like a good passer who can link up and moves really really well. I know what those who have seen more of him say, and it ain't good, but he looks like an intelligent and talented player here.