Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has told London24 that he feels he has become a scapegoat at White Hart Lane.
The Spurs defender has faced criticism for his performances this season, but insists that he doesn't mind the scrutiny as long as his manager has faith in him.
Rose's defensive qualities have been questioned on a regular basis by Tottenham fans ever since he was called-up to the first-team, and the 24-year-old admits to being aware of the criticism he has received.
"It’s been the same for the last few years where generally if there has been any criticism it has been due to me," he explained. "It’s something I don’t worry about. I just try to do my job and as long as I’ve got a manager who has a lot of faith in me then I don’t mind.
“I do see that the fans and people who have had something to say always try to make out that there’s been a problem with Tottenham’s left side, and I do read and see the criticism. People are entitled to their opinion but as long as I can walk off the pitch knowing that I’ve given everything for the team and the club then I don’t care."
Rose seems to have established himself as Tottenham's first choice left-back, beating Ben Davies to a spot in the team, but many feel he is a weak-link in the line-up.
Although there is no question that his attacking qualities aid Spurs, he can be exposed defensively against top quality opposition and that has been evident of late.
Rose was at fault for Spurs conceding goals against Liverpool and Arsenal in recent fixtures and it has only served to increase the pressure on him to raise his game.
The rapid defender has not made the same sort of progression that many members of the Spurs squad have under Pochettino, and he is in danger of being left behind.
|Season||Tackles won per game||Headers won per game||Interceptions per game||Defensive duels won per game||Crosses per game||Blocked Crosses per game||Appearances||Mins Played|
Rose's stats suggest that the standard of his performances have remained similar to what they were last season, with the only noticeable improvement he has made being in his ability to block crosses.
With the demands increasing on Spurs' players, as they chase down a Champions League spot, Rose will know he needs to raise his game and only some notable showings between now and the end of the season will stop criticism being directed at him.