As per the Daily Mail, a report has linked 24-year-old left-back Danny Rose to Manchester City, on the back of an impressive season.
He has totalled 31 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and as an energetic full-back, he is one of the few players to have truly bought into the Argentine’s high-pressing system.
An international call-up has followed, and it is no surprise that he is being linked with Manchester City, as per their need to fulfil the homegrown quotas with English players.
Spurs may rue losing one of their key men from this season, but selling Rose should be at the top of their priorities if City come forward with a concrete offer.
With a contract until 2019, and knowing City’s wealth, Spurs would be able to hold ransom over their left-back, and demand whatever fee they want for Rose.
However, it is not just the financial gain that the North London club could get from selling him, it is the fact that Rose is just not very good.
His pace and energy makes him well suited to Pochettino’s system as he is able to provide the high pressing that is necessary, with the ability to recover if a mistake is made. Generally sitting on the half-way line, he is culpable for so many balls being played past him, but is frequently able to recover.
However, there will be a time when he is not able to play like this, and if Spurs ever need to defend deep his lack of defensive ability is shown up.
Rose is just not a natural defender, and his lack of ability to read the game has cost him any times this season. It is actually a problem with all the Tottenham full-backs, who frequently are to blame for defensive mistakes due to bad positioning or choosing the wrong option of when to attack the ball.
He is too one dimensional to be a top level full-back, and he is fortunate that Pochettino has utilised a system that frequently plays into his abilities.
However, if Spurs can demand a fee of more than £10 million for Rose, they will be able to invest in a player better suited to Premier League football, and remove a player from their squad for a sizeable profit, despite having just one season of good top level football behind him.