England boss Roy Hodgson is almost spoilt for choice in the left-back slot as a number of players have burst onto the scene following Ashley Cole’s international retirement.
Aside from the tried and tested Leighton Baines, Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose are all serious long-term options.
“So far he [Rose] has been the best left-back this season. His performances have been great. But it's not my decision, it's always Roy Hodgson's decision,” the Argentine coach explained.
While Rose has made huge strides in the Spurs first-team this season, has he even been the best English left-back in North London this season?
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, from a statistical point of view, Rose comes out on top as he outclasses the Gunners ace in five key categories.
The former Leeds United trainee has proven to be a steady performer at the back for Spurs this season, averaging 2.29 tackles, 6.24 defensive duel wins and 5.24 ball recoveries per encounter.
Gibbs, likewise, has also impressed in a defensive capacity and on average has recorded more interceptions and effective clearances than his North London rival.
However, going forward Rose appears to have a clear edge – averaging more tackles, chances created via key passes and, most notably, has found the net on more occasions than Gibbs.
It has been quite a turnaround for the 24-year-old, who only two years ago was out on loan at Sunderland and later linked with a White Hart Lane exit.
His inclusion in the first-team coincides with Pochettino’s blueprint of developing young players and on his current trajectory in terms of progression, his first senior England cap surely isn’t too far away.