Pochettino reportedly identifies first target: How he compares with positional rival

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Tottenham Hotspur's new manager reportedly wants to bring Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand to White Hart Lane, but how does he compare to Danny Rose?

New Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Ryan Bertrand his new left-back according to a report in the Sunday People.

The Chelsea defender has already admitted he may need to leave Stamford Bridge permanently in order to get the regular first-team football he craves.  But despite previously suggesting he could make the switch to Aston Villa following a successful loan stint, it seems Spurs could now make their move.

Current left-back Danny Rose is reportedly in talks over a possible new contract, which begs the question, who is the better option for Spurs, him or Bertrand?

As the Opta stats below show, Rose outperformed Bertrand in a number of areas last season.  The Tottenham player won more tackles per game, made more effective clearances and won more duels and more interceptions than his potential future teammate.

  Won Tackle / appsEffective Clearance / appsDuel Won / appsInterception Won / appsAppsMins
Danny Rose 2.09 3.05 6.82 2.00 22 1,902
Ryan Bertrand 1.53 2.00 4.53 0.88 17 1,455

But a full-back's role consists of far more than just defending, so how did the two compare in an attacking sense?

Again, Rose came out on top, scoring more goals, providing more assists, making more key passes and supplying more passes and more crosses.

Bertrand may have played five games less than Rose - who still spent a large portion of the season on the side-lines - but looking at the stats on a per-game basis it is clear Rose had the better of the man tipped to replace him (or at the very least offer more competition for places).

  Goals / appsGoal Assist / appsTotal Key Pass / appsAccurate Pass / appsAccurate Cross / appsAppsMins
Danny Rose 0.05 0.09 0.73 32.59 0.68 22 1,902
Ryan Bertrand 0 0 0.24 26.82 0.12 17 1,455

Bertrand is a good full-back and will benefit from regular games at a club he can call a permanent home. But if last season is any indication, Rose can feel hard done by if he is replaced by a player he outperformed in many key areas in the last nine months.

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