Tottenham haven’t given Danny Rose a squad number this season and David Ornstein of The Athletic says he wasn’t informed of the decision until it became public knowledge.
For a player that has made 214 appearances over 13 years at Tottenham, it’s disgusting how we’ve treated him. Rose has been a brilliant servant and deserves a lot more respect than we’ve afforded him.
Why has Rose been frozen out?
This has been a slippery slope for many years, as explained by the Evening Standard. Rose has been in decline ever since he suffered a knee injury in January 2017 and had depression during his recovery as the injury ruled him out of a move to Manchester United over the summer.
The England international gave an interview with The Sun that same year, criticising Tottenham for a lack of ambition and for underpaying their players while opening the door to a transfer. The interview greatly soured his relationship with Spurs, however, and Rose never recovered from it.
In November 2019, he admitted to the Standard that Tottenham wanted him gone but said he wouldn’t be sold early and planned to stay until his contract ran out in 2021. Things have changed, however, as Rose is now happy to leave and is considering a move abroad.
The 30-year-old’s last appearance for us came in January 2020 before he was loaned out to Newcastle United for the remainder of the season, and Rose has since fallen behind Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon and Dennis Cirkin in the pecking order, so it’s clear he’s surplus to requirements.
Are we punishing him for disrespect?
Possibly. It’s not a surprise that we’re selling Rose, but it is a surprise how we’re treating him. To discard somebody who’s played such a big role in our near-success under Mauricio Pochettino isn’t right, but Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho may argue they’ve been disrespected themselves.
Levy has been burned by Rose a lot in the past for transfers and contracts, so he may have felt unappreciated. Jose Mourinho only played the left-back in three Premier League games between November and January and had a spat over the lack of playing time which was captured in Amazon’s ‘All or Northing: Tottenham’ documentary. It’s hard to come back from that.
Rose was once regarded as one of the best left-backs in Europe who was wanted by multiple big clubs, but he’s declined considerably now and may not have the best end to his career.
The 30-year-old seems finished with football and we’re certainly over him, so a parting of the way is expected. The summer transfer window shuts in October, so we have a few weeks remaining to find a suitor.