In the latest Danny Rose transfer news, the Spurs defender is being linked with a move away. Manchester United are said to be keen and there has also been mentions of Chelsea interest. Rose has been in the news for the wrong reasons this season so it’s no surprise to see the rumours gathering pace this time of year in anticipation for the January transfer window.
We take a look at Rose’s situation and the likelihood of a move.
Position: left back or left wing back
Reported Transfer Fee: £50mil
2016/17 League Stats: 18 starts (0 sub appearances) 2 goals (2 assists)
Danny Rose has barely played this calendar year. He missed over half of last season and has yet to make an appearance this season. That hasn’t stopped the transfer rumours though. The interest that he’s commanding despite being out of action for so long says a lot about the kind of form he was in before injury. Rose was performing up there with some of the best left backs in the world.
Injury hasn’t stopped him making the headlines this season either. He publicly criticised the Spurs wage structure, saying they need to offer more wages if they are to compete with some of the biggest clubs in the country.
It’s no surprise the Spurs hierarchy have been less than impressed by Rose’s comments. He’s been very naive to aggravate his employers publicly. His comments have also helped fuel the speculation, not that they needed much help for such a good player.
There’s some merit to Rose’s comments though, even applying to the Alderweireld contract situation which seems to be brewing. If Spurs are to compete with the top clubs they are going to need to start loosening the purse strings. Not only for transfer targets but also in order to keep existing players.
However one thing I do find weird about Rose’s comments is the timing. Rose only signed a new 5 year contract in September 2016 but it’s hard to believe there wasn’t an element of self interest behind his words. Spurs are unlikely to respond positively to such comments though so the prospect of being offered a better contract, especially when he is already on a long term deal, looks very unlikely. It’s also hard to believe his motivation was purely with the club’s interests in mind.
I can’t help but think Rose has seen Kyle Walker’s lucrative move to a talent packed side like Man City and has thought he wants a piece of that.
Like Rose, Walker is one, if not the best in his position in the league and any team would miss him. Whilst losing him to a direct rival makes it all the worst. However Spurs got a very good price for the England defender. To my surprise Spurs also got a very good replacement, in what could prove to be something of a bargain, in Aurier (The linked article was written before the transfer was finalised and discusses the speculation.) Spurs also had England back up right back Trippier who has been deserving of more opportunities waiting to step up.
Losing Walker was a blow but Spurs have limited the damage. I’m not sure they could repeat the trick if they lost Rose too.
Ben Davies offers a good option although I’m not convinced defensively he is up to the standards Spurs are going to need if they are to challenge for trophies. Beyond the Welshman, only Vertonghen in the current squad has played left back after the sale of Wimmer. The Belgium has played left back many times, particularly for his country but lacks offensively, especially in terms of the high standards of what you’d expect from recent Spurs’ full backs. Aurier can play there too but hasn’t done so with any regularity.
So if Spurs were to sell Rose they will need to find a replacement. I’m not sure they will be quite so fortunate finding a left back with the same quality and within their price range as they were with Aurier.
There’s been some interesting left backs mentioned in the gossip columns recently, such as Faouzi Ghoulam and Ryan Bertrand but the links involving both are to clubs like Man City and Liverpool who have greater financial resources. Given Ghoulam will be out of contract in the summer and Bertrand should be on comparatively lower wages, at Southampton, Spurs really should be trying to compete financially for such players. There’s should be no excuse if Rose does leave.
Another possible replacement mentioned is Luke Shaw. Barring a spell, before his leg break, in Van Gaal’s final season, Shaw has really struggled to establish himself at Utd despite arriving with a big reputation and a lot of potential. He has been unable to replicate the form he produced for Pochettino at Southampton, hampered by injury, Utd’s indifferent form and management changes.
Even in spite of Mourinho’s very public criticism of Shaw it’s difficult to see a reunion with Pochettino unless Rose went in the opposite direction. Utd have a number of capable left backs in the squad but they lack an outstanding option. So despite his problems, Shaw remains the best prospect at the club in the position. It would make little sense to give up on him already considering he’s still only 22 years old.
Utd’s interest in Rose is believable when you look at their situation at left back. Not since Evra have they managed to find a really top class player for the position. Blind has played in several positions for Utd and while he is more than capable of doing a job at left back, he lacks the physical attributes to be able to cope with the best wide men in the league.
Young has been used there recently and whilst he isn’t lacking in work rate or quality final balls, defensively there’s still question marks. Rarely is he trusted to start in defence against the top teams. He’s still far from a natural full/wing back.
Darmain is in many respects a typical Italian defender. Usually efficient in going about his defensive duties and rarely letting anyone down. His versatility makes him a really good squad option. However his weakness is now becoming a much larger part of the modern game for full backs; attacking contribution. Even on his favoured right side he has struggled to make much of an impression in the final third and this isn’t any better on the left.
Rose would be a big improvement for Utd. He is a far more rounded full back than all of those mentioned. Physically he’s great, capable of getting up and down the pitch all match long. He’s quick and surprisingly strong for someone of his stature. Technically he’s also good with decent crossing and tackling ability. He’s brave, works hard and is a consistent performer.
Chelsea have also been linked with Rose although not as strongly. Kenedy has been out of the picture at Chelsea since Conte’s arrival and has been linked with loan moves but all that said now looks like Marcos Alonso’s back up this season, showing their lack of depth on the left side of defence.
Alonso is a solid wing back with no particular weakness but doesn’t really excel in any area either. Technically he’s a very good player but in most other areas you’d have to say Rose is the better player. So the Tottenham man would be a good upgrade in that position for the Champions and would add some much needed competition. As it stands, Alonso is pretty much a guaranteed starter.
At the moment there seems a real lack in depth of defensive talent in Europe, especially at full back.
A club like Spurs are in a difficult position with a really strong side but financially incapable of competing for the very best players, which is what it will now take to improve their side. They have done a great job in developing their own talent but they won’t be able to continue that forever whilst that doesn’t look like a potential option to replace Rose.
I think they would have a hard time trying to replace Rose period and Spurs probably know it.
I don’t believe this is one of those rumours with no basis. Tottenham’s relationship with Rose appears strained. I’m not convinced Rose is completely committed to their cause at the moment either.
A lot could depend on his form once he’s fully fit and more importantly his attitude. If neither are up to Spurs’ standards, like with Walker, they may decide it’s best to cash in, considering Rose’s huge value and the costs of the new stadium build.
Levy has been vocal in his reluctance to do business with Utd whilst London rivals Chelsea won’t have much more joy either I suspect. So I don’t see Rose leaving anytime soon but if he wants a move, he and his advisors are going to need to get creative.
Clubs have shown in the last window they are prepared to stand strong in the face of player demands. I don’t see Rose having much more luck with Levy.