Leeds United have produced their fair share of talented players, haven’t they Whites fans?
The likes of Fabian Delph, James Milner and Lewis Cook have all came through the club’s famed youth academy before going onto achieve great success in the Premier League.
However, if you were to ask Marcelo Bielsa which youth player he would want to return at this particular stage of the season, he would almost certainly point you towards Danny Rose.
Having joined Leeds as a child, the full-back impressed for the club’s youth sides before being named on the bench for a League Cup clash against Barnet in 2006. However, despite being one of the Whites’ most prodigious talents, Rose was never given a chance to prove himself at Elland Road as he was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for just £900k (via Transfermarkt) following the Yorkshire-based outfit’s relegation to League One.
Whilst Leeds would go on to face three dark years in the third tier, Rose was loaned out on several occasions by Spurs to the likes of Watford, Peterborough United and Bristol City to gain first-team experience before Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid in 2013 finally freed up the left-back spot at White Hart Lane.
Seizing his opportunity to shine, the 28-year-old established himself as a regular starter in 2014 and has not looked back since, despite being hampered somewhat by a myriad of injury issues.
An impressive 2017-18 season saw him earn a spot in the England squad for the World Cup in Russia where he made five appearances as the Three Lions got to the semi-finals of the competition.
Although he has shared responsibilities at full-back for the Lilywhites during the current campaign with Ben Davies, Rose may have a big role to play against Ajax next Wednesday as his side look to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their Champions League semi-final second leg.
Despite hunting for the ultimate prize in club football, the full-back will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on his former side’s progress in the play-offs over the next few weeks.
With Leeds currently suffering a defensive injury crisis in Rose’s position, it is safe to say that their supporters would give anything to get the former Watford loanee back for their upcoming fixtures.
However, if Bielsa’s side can overcome the loss of both Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas and achieve promotion via a trip to Wembley Stadium, they could secure a reunion of sorts with their former youth player next season in the Premier League.
Leeds fans, how impressed have you been with Rose’s development as a player since he left Elland Road in 2007? Join the discussion by commenting below.
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