Tim Sherwood has told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (broadcast 10th August 2017: 7:58 am) that Tottenham need to be very careful in how they reprimand Danny Rose following comments made by the left-back about the club.
The defender made a number of intriguing comments to The Sun regarding the club's business in the transfer window and his own future amongst other things, seemingly leaving him in the shop window ahead of the final few weeks of the window - though he did stress to The Sun that he was not actively looking to leave Tottenham.
Understandably, the comments have left many Spurs fans irate with the Englishman, and they may perhaps be hoping that Mauricio Pochettino takes serious action given how unsettling the comments were - especially when the new season is just days away.
But former Spurs boss Sherwood has warned that punishing Rose too severely for the sensational comments may see the full-back go from contemplating his future to being fully determined that he wants to leave.
"They've got to be very careful, as a manager if you start going hard into a player, he'll just say, 'well I want to leave' and someone will pay that magic figure for Danny Rose," he told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.
"He's one of, if not the best left-back in the country and I can see Man City, Man United, all these guys putting their hand up to come and sign Danny Rose so they've got to be very careful, they don't want to burn any bridges with the players."
Whatever Rose's motivation for the comments were, one thing that is surely clear is that the full-back is not entirely happy with how things are going at Tottenham.
And if Pochettino decides that Rose's apparent discontent is going to hurt the team and there is nothing that he can do to address some of the issues that the 27-year-old has raised other than move him on, then perhaps selling him for a premium fee and replacing him with someone who would be much happier would be a wise risk to take.