Andre Villas-Boas is confident Michael Dawson will 'come good' after challenging the Tottenham Hotspur defender to force his way back into the team.
Dawson was named club captain over the summer following Ledley King's retirement, but he appeared set to leave White Hart Lane after an offer was accepted from Queens Park Rangers.
The centre-half failed to agree a deal to move to Loftus Road and he was also linked with Stoke City and Sunderland before the close of the transfer window.
The 28-year-old has yet to make the bench for Spurs so far this season and, following an injury to Younes Kaboul, is now fourth choice in Villas-Boas' plans.
Villas-Boas has spoken to Dawson about the situation and he is not expecting any issues with the player's desire to fight for his place.
"We have chatted," said the Spurs boss. "There is extreme competition for that central defence position.
"Younes' operation will take him out for three to four months and it is up to Michael to compete.
"I'm sure he will come good. He is an extremely good professional and a club captain. He is looking forward to getting back into the team."