Tottenham Hotspur rejected bids for Danny Rose on deadline day, and that could be just as important as any addition that they made.
Spurs were active yesterday, with Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon both being snapped up.
The two new signings have created great excitement at White Hart Lane, but Spurs’s decision to reject offers for Rose could also prove to be extremely important.
When Mauricio Pochettino opted to leave Rose at home rather than take him on pre-season tour, it seemed like the England international could leave.
But Spurs are now set to keep hold of the experienced left-back and that could be crucial to their season.
While there are some question marks over Rose’s attacking output, his ability overall simply cannot be questioned.
Rose remains one of the finest left-backs on the Premier League, and his form towards the end of last campaign suggested he was getting back to his very best.
If Spurs had sold Rose they simply would have put far too much pressure on new signing Sessegnon to immediately step into their first-team, or for Ben Davies to step up.
Sessegnon looks to have a hugely bright future ahead of him, and Davies is a solid back-up option, but Rose is superior to the pair of them at this moment in time.
With Kieran Trippier leaving, Rose’s departure could have been a hammer blow, as changing both full-backs in one summer would have been a major risk for Pochettino’s side.
And the decision to keep hold of Rose was the third important transfer move that Spurs made on deadline day, following the additions of Lo Celso and Sessegnon.
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