According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Tottenham defender Danny Rose could be set to leave the club this summer. The future of the England international has been subject of speculation for a while now, and that alongside his inability to command regular football under Mauricio Pochettino last term prompted many to expect the left back to leave North London during the close season.
And reports suggest that Schalke are ‘in talks’ with the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) over a possible loan move, although given the summer Spurs have had in failing to bring in any signings, let alone a left back, chairman Daniel Levy would be silly to sanction the defender’s departure.
Ultimately, Rose’s future at Tottenham has been in doubt pretty much ever since he did an interview with The Sun 12 months ago, in which he criticised the club’s transfer policy, and very much opened up the possibility of moving on to bigger and better things.
And having struggled to dispose Wales international Ben Davies of the first-choice left back spot under Pochettino last term in featuring just 17 times for the club, only ten of which coming in the Premier League, it looked for all the world that he would leave this summer.
Yet Spurs would be silly to let him leave as, on his day, the 27-year-old remains one of the best left backs in the division, and as such would be a huge asset to Pochettino in his side’s quest to compete for major honours both domestically and in Europe this season.
While Davies deserves great credit for his efforts at left back, and indeed left wing back, last time round, it’s arguable that Rose carries an even greater attacking threat than the Welshman, as illustrated by his marauding runs up and down the flanks to help Tottenham finish third in 2016, and then second the season after.
Yes, failing to dispose Ashley Young of the left back spot for England this summer would have surely come as a blow to the defender, but he did actually perform well against Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly and indeed against Belgium in the group stages (although he was arguably at fault for Adnan Januzaj’s strike).
Thus, it looked as though he was beginning to re-discover the form that led him to become England’s, and indeed Tottenham’s, number one left back just a matter of years ago, and while Davies is a dependable option down the left-hand-side, it’s difficult to expect him to produce the goods on a regular basis in all competitions this time round, as it looks like Spurs won’t bring in a replacement for Rose were he to leave.
As such, it seems pretty clear that Pochettino, Levy, and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy would be silly to let the left back leave this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!