Spurs star speaks out on why Adebayor and Kaboul aren't playing

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose feels that there is a lot of competition for places at White Hart Lane at the moment.

Danny Rose has told the London Evening Standard that Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul aren't in Tottenham Hotspur's match day squad because they have too many players at the moment.

Spurs' squad does appear bloated in some areas and it has led to Adebayor and Kaboul both having to play backseat roles under Mauricio Pochettino. 

The pair actually started the season in Spurs' first-team plans, but they have fallen out of contention recently and have had to watch from afar.

Most felt that this was an indication that Pochettino was not the biggest fan of their talents, but Rose attributes their exclusion simply to the fact that there is so much competition for places at White Hart Lane.

“We’ve got a brilliant squad," he said. "People like Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul haven’t been involved in recent weeks. It’s just because the squad is too big at the moment that the manager has not involved them.”

Pochettino is expected to trim his squad in the next few transfer windows, with a focus seemingly being placed on bringing youngsters through at the club. 

Rose himself, though, is locked in a competition for the left-back berth in the team with Ben Davies and it looks like a battle which will continue for the foreseeable future. 

At the moment Rose looks Pochettino's first choice at left-back, but Davies is certainly putting pressure on the 24-year-old and Rose will know that he will need to raise his standards if he is to hold down his position in the starting line-up. 

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