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And Dawson will be expected to step in and fill the void after captain Ledley King suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.
Spurs are just above the relegation zone after a six-game winless streak and Redknapp told the Sun: 'Character is what you need to see you through and characters around you are what managers crave in stressful times.
'I have been so impressed with Michael Dawson at Spurs. What a man he is becoming The key for me is how players react when they are not playing.
'He was sub on Sunday against Portsmouth but instead of moaning and moping about, he is always ready to help the team - geeing people up, getting very vocal and being part of the group.
'I always knew we had it in players like Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate but Dawson is emerging as a real leader.'