It’s been an odd few years for the stocky left-back; forming one of the best pairings of full-backs we’ve seen at Spurs in the Premier League era (how we manage to play a snake at right-back I’ll never know, but it definitely worked) injuries, interviews and shouting out a former-teammate after a career ending injury, it’s been a mixed bag for the lad who scored from thirty-yards against the scum on his debut.
Danny Rose is Tottenham through-and-through in the sense that on his day he can be the best left-back in the league but sadly injuries seem to have taken an axe to what could’ve been a world beating career for Spurs (remember Victor Wanyama?). Troubles on and off the pitch have really hindered Danny Rose’s career; when fully fit and playing at his best he’s a guaranteed starter for Tottenham and the England team but Danny Rose at his best is something that hasn’t been seen since the 2016/17 season when Spurs’ fullbacks managed to tear apart any team that came to White Hart Lane.
Tuesday’s game in Barcelona seemed to be a return to the ‘old’ Danny Rose, a player who looked comfortable getting forward and muscled Barca’s attackers off the pitch. Countless times Danny Rose stretched that Barca backline and managed to ping in a useful cross or two, a return to the man that Danny once was (even if he did miss a sitter, don’t lean back when you shoot Danny, everyone knows this!). Pochettino has a stellar track record when it comes to managing fullbacks but no amount of Pochettino magic is ever going to turn Boring Ben Davies into a fullback good enough to compete in the top games against the top teams and this is where Danny Rose can come into his own again. Tottenham haven’t had a settled backline for the past few seasons and this is in no small part down to us not being able to nail down our two best fullbacks, if you ask one-hundred Spurs fans who are our best fullbacks it’s guaranteed that you’ll get one-hundred different answers and combinations but there is no denying that pre-injury Danny Rose was twice the player Ben Davies is, that’s something all those one-hundred Spurs fans would be able to agree on, hopefully.
Danny Rose splits opinion in the Spurs fan-base and for good reason; when he’s in form and had a decent amount of games under his belt he can be one of the best fullbacks in the league but then with this undeniable quality comes his seemingly undeniable need to do anything in his power to subtly chip away at all the goodwill Spurs fans have given him throughout his career. Whether that be claiming that Kyle ‘Snake’ Walker got his “deserved” move to Man City as though doing well at Tottenham is only useful as a means of progressing to a bigger club or the fact he decided less than a week before the new season started to partake in an interview with a certain newspaper and lambast Pochettino and the Spurs board for not paying him well enough despite him earning over two-million pounds since he last kicked a football. These comments from what was a starting member of our defence were not received well as one of the hallmarks of the Poch revolution at Tottenham is that his squad is a group of lads who not only played football together but genuinely liked each other, the everyman of the big six, a tight-knit group of players taking on the financially-doped elite. Danny Rose was the first chink in the armour, reminding us that even at this great time in Tottenham’s Premier League history not all our players felt about Tottenham the same way we did.
It’s evident that Poch is using his man-management skills and been willing to forgive Danny Rose for his past actions and let him do his talking on the pitch. It has been a while since Rose has been able to get a good run of games together and be able to try and recreate that form everyone knows he’s capable of doing, let’s just hope that he can use this Barcelona performance as a springboard to getting back to the Danny Rose we all knew he was capable of being and let him doing his talking on the pitch and not to the media, hopefully.
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