Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been more jubilant in the second half of the week than the first after seeing their side bounce back from last weekend’s North London derby defeat with an impressive 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were comfortably beaten by bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend to again call into question their capabilities away from home against a top side, but they put that to bed somewhat with an excellent display in Dortmund on Tuesday. Goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener to seal the three points for Spurs, who in turn clinched top spot in Group H having won four of their five matches.
Consequently, there has been a much better atmosphere among our resident Tottenham fans in the Tavern in the second half of the week, many of whom are eagerly anticipating their return to Premier League action on Saturday, when they host struggling and managerless West Brom at Wembley.
Elsewhere, there has been plenty for those Spurs supporters lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least a recent report suggesting that the North London outfit are monitoring the progress of Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon.
The 17-year-old burst onto the scene last season and has continued his fine form into this campaign, as the versatile left-back scored a sensational hat-trick in the Cottagers’ thrilling 5-4 victory over Sheffield United earlier this week.
As such, several top Premier League sides are reportedly keeping tabs on the England Under-19 international, and were Spurs able to fend off fellow top-flight heavyweights to land Sessegnon, it could well be a clear sign that Danny Rose’s future lies away from Tottenham.
And that’s because Rose’s lack of regular first team football since return from injury, as well as certain vibes coming from the England international, suggest that he could be on his way out in the near future, and as such Pochettino is seeking a long-term replacement.
And a long-term replacement is certainly what Sessegnon is, as even at the tender age of 17, the youngster has already shown great maturity in both a left-back and left-wing role, as such certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
For Rose though, the future is very much unclear, with vast amounts of speculation in the last few months linking him with a move away from Spurs, much of which coincided with an interview he did over the summer in which he said that he has ‘probably only got one big contract left’ in him.
Add in the fact that he is struggling to dispose Ben Davies of the left-back starting berth in the Premier League, and the 27-year-old may well be considering his options. After all, the England star missed the last six months of the previous campaign, and knows that he needs to be performing at his best to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
More importantly though, one senses that there could be a slightly strained relationship between manager Pochettino and Rose, what with the latter reportedly ‘fuming’ to have been left out of the North London derby, while his manager welcomed his emotion and indeed stated that ‘I am the boss’.
Ultimately, Rose is having difficulty breaking back into the Spurs starting eleven. Davies has done an exceptional job in the Englishman’s absence, to the point that Tottenham haven’t felt his absence, and as such is being rewarded with regular football every week.
Yet Rose produced a wonderful display against Dortmund in midweek, reminiscent of the Rose we saw become one of the Premier League’s best left-backs last season, and as such the biggest indication could well come on Saturday as to who Pochettino opts for at left-back against West Brom.
But with speculation mounting over his future, and the 27-year-old seemingly not quite satisfied with how things currently are at Spurs, landing Sessegnon in January is only going to add fuel to fire, and could conclusively suggest that Rose’s time in North London is coming to an end.
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