Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Paul Stalteri told Extra Time for talkSPORT that he always saw a bit of Gareth Bale in left-back Danny Rose.
Stalteri was in the first team ranks at White Hart Lane when Rose was pushing to try and get noticed in the youth system.
“At that time I don’t think he (Rose) really knew what his best position was but there was a bit of Gareth Bale about him,” he said.
Bale started his career as a left-back before he blossomed into one of Europe’s best attacking players, flourishing for Tottenham in the season before he was sold to Real Madrid in a multi-million pound deal.
Rose looks as though he is going to play predominantly as a defender, although he has been nudged further forward into an advanced role down the left on occasions, with Ben Davies slotting into the back four.
The pace between the pair is similar, with Rose’s speed allowing him to fly down the left and provide extra width in attack with the luxury of being able to drop back into his defensive position quickly.
However, Rose has not had anywhere near the same sort of impact that Bale had, despite the latter’s shift towards a more attacking role.
Rose needs to become a bullet proof left-back for Tottenham, with a deadly cutting edge going forward. At the moment they are worlds apart and the current Tottenham player has a very long way to go before he can make the comparison that Stalteri has hinted at seem realistic.