Former Spurs striker Darren Bent has suggested that Danny Rose must be ‘frustrated’ at playing with Heung-min Son on Tottenham’s left, as his overlapping style often goes unnoticed.
Bent praised Rose for his recent performance in the Champions League against Red Star Belgrade, but noted that the 29-year-old has reason to be annoyed with seeing his off-the-ball runs ignored by a ‘greedy’ Son.
Son and Rose were two of Tottenham’s better performers on the night in Serbia, with the South Korean producing a Man of the Match-winning display, according to WhoScored.
But speaking to Football Insider, Bent feels that Rose may not be feeling as complimentary to his teammate.
He said: “I thought [Rose] was brilliant, I thought he was tremendous [against Red Star].
“To be fair to him, he looked good but if I was Danny Rose, at times he must be so frustrated to play with Heung-min Son on your side because the amount of times he does a marauding overlap where he powers and all he needs is a little pass to the side, Son will shoot.
“I think that’s one area where he lets him down, sometimes he’s way too greedy.”
This is potentially pure guesswork from Bent, though after assisting and securing a clean sheet on their midweek European travels, Rose may feel aggrieved not to have been retained in the matchday squad as he was dropped for the visit of Sheffield United this weekend.
Rose may think he could not have done much more to earn a place which was taken by Ben Davies as Spurs were held at home once again – and Bent’s theory is perhaps that the England full-back’s prospects would be enhanced if he was utilised more often by his left-sided partner.
Though given Son is clearly producing following his recent MOTM performance, it may seem harsh to criticise a player doing well in what is an underachieving Spurs side to this point in the campaign.
It also seems difficult to justify Bent’s claims on those grounds. Only Harry Kane has scored more than Son this season, so if he wasn’t so ‘greedy’, perhaps Spurs would be even worse off – a scary thought as they sunk to 14th place this weekend.
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