There was always going to be one high-profile casualty of José Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose seems to be that player.
Rose has made just 1 Premier League beginning since Mourinho triumphed Mauricio Pochettino on November 20, coming from the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.
The 29-year-old was left from the group altogether for last weekend’s goalless draw Watford — ironically one of the sides Sky Sports News maintain hold an interest in him.
I don’t know exactly what you mean by tension in the air, I don’t have any issue with him.
“The reason he was not chosen against Middlesbrough is that we have a young left-back which we would like to come up with and it was an excellent chance to play with [Ryan] Sessegnon,” Mourinho said.
“Also because his performance against Liverpool wasn’t phenomenal.
“Then on the Thursday before Watford, late night, I got a call from my health care staff stating Danny was calling them with a problem in his spine and he would not train the following day.”
Even without Rose for the trip to Vicarage Road, Spurs are not short of choices at left-back. Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is finally fit to begin after his #25million change from Fulham whilst Japhet Tanganga was a revelation since his surprise arrival on the first-team scene.
That is without mentioning the wounded Ben Davies and centre-half Jan Vertonghen who can also fill in on the left-hand side of the defence.
However, the prior Leeds United youngster has always been his own man. There’s a sense his frank and honest character has not done him any favours at Tottenham, dating back to the summer of 2017 when he gave a remarkably honest but unauthorised interview to The Sun, criticising the club’s recruitment.
Rose has also been fairly forthright about how his knee injury was managed in 2017, in addition to treatment by Tottenham fans in his early days at the first group.
It is not only that. His screens haven’t been of the requisite amount for a while. He’s lost a yard of pace and his positional sense and decision happen to be away. Not as fast as he was, those shortcomings are shown up.
That’s born out in his data, which reveals a decline in several important metrics. Rose is winning and making fewer challenges this year compared to last, finishing fewer interceptions and winning fewer defensive duels.
On the flip side, he is yet to score or help, though he has been a regular in these stakes as well as producing fewer Big Chances and having fewer bits in the opposition box. If he had played under Mourinho, that might have been explained away by his supervisor’s careful style. But he has not. His dribbles tried and completed will also be down and he is crossing with less regularity than previously.
Rose may not have been at this best this year but there’s still a good player in there. While he is not embarking on as many dribbles as before or slinging crosses into the box for pleasure, he’s earning more forward passes (22.25 up from 19.07) and fewer backward moves (5.23 down from 8.86). Impressively, his passing accuracy has really increased (80 percent from 73.7) despite making what could be perceived to be riskier passes.
In accordance with Sky Sports News, Bournemouth are the only club that have made a firm offer to take Rose away Tottenham’s hands once and for all. The Cherries have been without Charlie Daniels for most of the year through injury.
Lloyd Kelly was signed to replace the ex-Spurs scholar from the long term but has suffered injury problems of his own, restricting him to just a solitary Carabao Cup outing after his #13million change from Bristol City last summer.
The Spaniard had fought to correct following his move from Leganés in 2018 and made only five top-flight begins in his first season in England. This year he’s come on leaps and bounds and, while there are a few question marks over the defensive side of the game, he’s shown himself to be an alternative. However, senior choice could be critical.
The two Watford and Newcastle see Rose as a short term measure.
Newcastle’s interest is more clear. Paul Dummett’s season was over when Jetro Willems, who’s just on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, endured a season-ending knee injury in the recent 1-0 win at Chelsea.
Given his announcement he would one day go back to the north to be nearer his loved ones, perhaps Newcastle are the ideal fit. Whoever signs Rose, however, will be receiving a reportedly thorny individual with the caliber to blossom under Steve Bruce.