Newly-promoted Leeds United are looking at bringing former defender Danny Rose back to Elland Road this summer, according to ESPN.
There might be excitement about a potential return to Yorkshire for the Tottenham defender – but is he a good fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s side?
We’ve got three reasons why he might not be…
He wants to stay at Tottenham
Speaking on the Second Captains Podcast, Rose said he would be ‘very happy’ to remain at Tottenham despite spending the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle.
He said there’s ‘nothing he wants more’ than to play in front of the Spurs fans again.
We can infer that an emotional return to Leeds is not absolutely top of his agenda.
As a rule, it’s not usually a good idea to sign someone who has their heart set on playing for another club who are in the same division as you.
Bielsa demands high energy
Rose is a good professional but he’s also 30 years old now. Can he really deliver the high octane Bielsa demands on a regular basis?
Gareth Southgate has decided – at present – that Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is better suited to offering the pace and directness he wants at left back.
There’s a chance that Rose can’t deliver what’s expected of a Leeds left back under Bielsa.
Spotrac claim Rose earns £60,000 per week at Spurs and that’s a lot of money to spend on someone when there are obvious question marks over their ability to fit into Bielsa’s system.
Rose is outspoken
Rose deserves credit for how open and honest he is about things which not many other people in football talk about.
There are many managers who would embrace that, but Bielsa demands complete obedience from his players.
That’s not saying it couldn’t work if Rose came back to Leeds, but there might be a clash of personalities there.
Pontus Jansson was outspoken and brash; Leeds unceremoniously dumped him before storming to promotion.
Bielsa – rightly or wrongly – may prefer a player who doesn’t make as many waves off the pitch.