Date: 18th December 2012 at 10:16am
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Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Danny Rose could be recalled by Spurs in January, but the question is, would that be a good or bad move for Tottenham and the player’s development?

It is fair to say that Danny Rose has been a huge success since joining Sunderland on loan and he seems to improve with every game he plays, both in terms of his being comfortable in what remains a relatively new full back role, but also in his self belief as a Premiership footballer. During his time with Spurs, he has suffered a little regarding injuries and also seemed to struggle with establishing himself in a position, starting as a left footed winger, before moving into a more central role for the junior teams. Loans to Watford, Peterborough and Bristol City were hardly what could be described as successes and at the age of Twenty-two, he had still not played fifty senior domestic games until the start of this season and had never been in a position where he could feel he was established in a side or role up until this season.

Perhaps if Danny had remained at Spurs for the first half of this season, he would have established himself at WHL due to the long term injury to BAE, though it is always easy too look back in hindsight at what might have been and certainly his loan to Sunderland may have been our loss, but its certainly been a gain for Sunderland and Danny’s status in the game. Now he appears full of confidence and comfortable as a genuine attacking left back and one that could well be considered as being serious competition for Assou-Ekotto, if and when he returns to North London.

The biggest dilemma for AVB will be whether to bring him back and use him for back up/competition for BAE or to allow him to continue to learn his trade at The Stadium of Light. That decision may well be governed by the fitness of Ekotto, who has yet to make his comeback after three months out and I certainly feel that Spurs wont be rushed into making any decision until Benny proves his fitness beyond a reasonable doubt. Could we see a last minute recall for Danny, with a view to allow Vertonghen to play regularly in the centre and could that decision also depend indirectly on the fitness of Younes Kaboul and also whether there is an intention to offload another defender, with either Gallas or Dawson being the obvious options?

What we don’t know is whether Danny is a player that AVB see’s as a Tottenham player or whether he is someone that could be sold to fund others? Also would Danny be happy to leave Sunderland and regular first team football to return to a squad role at WHL? Danny has stated on several occasions that he wants to be playing and would happily sign for Sunderland, though whether he would be happy to do a deal now, with his current side in a very real relegation dog fight. Realistically, I feel that if we were to bring him back, we have to give him regular football. Perhaps not only could he be a rotational option for BAE, but also for Gareth Bale or Aaron Lennon, should we want a more natural width than either Dempsey or Sigurdsson can offer, whilst is Andros Townsend yet a serious first team option? I will talk more about him in the very near future…