Why it's a case of déjà vu for Danny Rose at Tottenham

The 25-year-old finds himself vying for a first-team spot once again, after establishing himself last season.

Ben Davies’ arrival at Tottenham Hotspur last summer was viewed as the sensible left-back option needed after a season of erratic Danny Rose performances and out-of-position Jan Vertonghen displays.

Events transpired slightly differently, however, and after an initial back and forth tussle, it was Rose who emerged clear first-choice for Mauricio Pochettino.

Fast forward to the current campaign and the Spurs academy graduate finds himself behind Davies in the pecking order once again, having had a disjointed start to the season.

An injury sustained in pre-season ruled Rose out of the opening day clash with Manchester United, and he had to wait until the fourth round of fixtures to make his first appearance of the season.

Despite a decent showing against Everton, Rose has since been limited to cup outings - with Davies starting six out of seven Premier League games – and with Tottenham’s current form, he faces a tough task to dislodge his 22-year-old rival.

Pochettino’s men currently boast the joint-best defensive record in the division and Davies’ steady improvement has been key to that.

If taken on individual attributes, it’s hard to argue that the Welshman is the superior player, but it may be the case that he suits the system better or is valued for the added security he brings.

Rose offers the greater threat going forward, is far pacier and is stronger in one-on-one duels – all reasons to start him, typically.

Yet Pochettino is opting for Davies at the moment and unless he drops a major clanger or is ruled out through suspension or injury, Rose will have to bide his time once again.

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