Danny Rose’ recent comments in the Sunderland Echo that he would be open to making his stay at the Stadium of Light permanent has cast doubt on the winger’s future as a Spurs player.
The England under-21 international failed to break through into a regular first team slot at Tottenham last season, with most of his first team appearances coming at left back, rather than on the left wing.
Rose was never going to dislodge Gareth Bale on Spurs’ left wing, and with the ever steady and more defensively minded Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left back, Rose was wise in making the loan move to Sunderland in search of first team football.
Rose’s diversity will make him a good acquisition for Martin O’Neil at Sunderland, where he is likely to be utilised both at left back and on the left wing.
A solid debut against Liverpool on Saturday will boost the youngster’s confidence, and certainly caught O’Neil’s eye. “Over the course of the season I think he’ll do well for us,” O’Neil told the club’s official website after the game.
The increase in first team football opportunities will give the 22-year-old the chance to break in to the England setup. Should he do that then there is the possibility that Spurs may want to reintroduce Rose to the fold, mostly likely at the expense of Assou-Ekotto.
Rose certainly has the potential to make it as a Premier League player. Whilst he may have to reinvent himself as a left back in order to get the opportunities, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be given the chance to remain at Sunderland at the end of the season, should he decide his future lies away from White Hart Lane.