If Pochettino continues with Danny Rose, Nacer Chadli must play to support him

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino should start with Nacer Chadli ahead of Danny Rose to add more defensive support to the left-side.

It is fair to say Danny Rose divides opinion among Tottenham Hotspur fans, with some feeling he is the right man to play left-back at the club and others crying out for the inclusion of summer signing Ben Davies.

Whatever side of the fence you reside, it appears Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made his mind up for himself; opting for Rose in 19 Premier League matches already this season, including the last six.

As for Davies, he has appeared just nine times in the top flight since his move from Swansea City, having to make do with cup appearances when both he and Rose are fit and available.

But if Pochettino does intend to persevere with Rose – and there is no suggestion that he will not – there is a player who should be placed in front of him on the pitch rather than Christian Eriksen.

The Danish international has played on the left-side of midfield in recent times and he has not looked anywhere near his best as a result. Instead, Tottenham should play Nacer Chadli – a player who has the speed to track back and cover should Rose be caught out of position after one of his bursts forward.

Eriksen is not hard-wired to do that job, and in asking him to do so it further negates his attacking threat. But Chadli can do both, operating as an attacking winger but also offering additional defensive cover which is often required when Rose plays.

It appears Pochettino has settled on a regular starting line-up now, but in switching Eriksen back to his position as a number 10 (rotating him with the impressive Mousa Dembele) and playing Chadli from the start, Rose may not look quite so suspect in the months ahead.

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