24 Under 24: #21 Simon Dawkins, San Jose Earthquakes
|Tale of the Tape|
|Matches played: 19|
|Matches started: 12|
#21. Simon Dawkins
Pos: M | San Jose Earthquakes | Age: 23
One of the most exciting new arrivals of 2011 in MLS. The Englishman — on loan from the EPL’s Tottenham Hotspur — has shown he is capable of providing a jolt to the Earthquakes attack with his ability to keep opposing defenses on their heels. His speed, quickness and aggressive dribbling have made him an ideal support forward or playmaker, helping to fill the void left by the departure of Geovanni. However, injury setbacks have limited Dawkins’ contributions after he got off to an explosive start to the campaign.
What the TDs and coaches say: “Excellent dribbler who can break guys down on the dribble … He’s not a guy you want running at you … Scores and he’s hungry for it … When he’s on, he’s a difference-maker on the field and it’s all based on the dribble. He’s a decent passer, but it’s all about the ball being at his feet … He looks to pull the trigger and if you give him time and space he can hurt you … If he’s not facing the goal, he’s less of a threat. His weakness is playing with his back to goal.”