Tottenham fans debate whether first-team star Danny Rose is a liability, or deserves trust

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

A look at the debate over Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose after he gave away a penalty against Liverpool in midweek.

Danny Rose gave away a penalty for an errant challenge on Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in midweek, as Spurs slipped to a 3-2 defeat.

His poor challenge saw him slated as a 'liability' by former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar via Twitter, who did not believe he should be in the team.

This sparked a debate which has become one of the most commented on articles on HITC Sport this week, with a variety of views on the young defender's ability.

Statistically, while Rose has made strides this season, this was also the first penalty he has conceded, and unlike last season he has not yet made any unforced errors leading to goals for the opposition.

  SeasonTackles won per gameInterceptions won per gameAssistsCrossing AccuracyAerial Duels won per gamePenalties ConcededErrors Leading To GoalsAppearances
Danny Rose 2014-2015 2.11 2.21 3 20% 1.05 1 0 19
Danny Rose 2013-2014 2.09 2 2 17% 1.27 1 1 22

Rose even earned an international call early this year, and has already surpassed last season's assist total, with his tackling and interceptions improved. As with any player though, a high profile error can switch perceptions, and Rose will need to keep it clean between now and the end of the season if he is not to undo his hard work.

Here is a look at some of the comments which have come in discussing Rose's defensive ability, and if defender and summer signing Ben Davies should regain his place in the side instead.

'Abe' wrote: "Nothing wrong with Sugar sharing his thoughts. I think many felt the same regarding Rose. Rose is quite good going forward. Davies seems to be a better defender, but I think Rose is bit faster than him.

"Poch seems to favour the fast attacking full backs. Overall though, the spirit Spurs showed was terrific. We started badly, but really fought - and after the last few performances against Liverpool, this was better than decent. Overall we deserved a draw. Some time for the players to rest for a week now - and hopefully onto some great things in the next few months."

JeffFreo wrote: "I've been saying since the start of the season that Rose isn't up to Premier League standard as a defender. He was left for dead by Welbeck at the weekend and cost us points last night. That said several Spurs players contributed to a litany of schoolboy errors particularly in the first half. Two goals away at Anfield is a good effort but the defence let us down badly."

PatGan wrote: "This was not a loss due to one player, it was a game with two tired teams after an Derby games. It is wrong to blame Danny Rose as he didn't get any help from Erikson. If we had played Chadli there, we might have had a different result."

Jimmy wrote: "Lord Sugar should respectfully stick to his TV show and other business interests. It is this type of short term knee jerk reaction that has blighted Spurs for many years, including those when he nearly took us into the second division. Liverpool battered Spurs at WHL earlier this season, where we were lucky to keep it to 0-3. That we should concede two soft goals and one to Balotelli whilst looking likely to score throughout the game at the other end shows a marked progress."

Marcus Higgins wrote: "We should play Rose at home and Davies away. Rose doesn't travel well and Sugar has a good point. He cost us a point last night and worse still gave the bindippers 3." 

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