Danny Rose has been widely touted in the media as a player the club are looking to offload in the summer. Going by our no.3’s comments today though, it seems he is every intention of staying with us.
Even just a year ago, if you had said to me that the club would willingly allow the left-back to leave, I would have been apoplectic but so much has happened over the last 12 months that his departure would leave me feeling pretty indifferent.
Of course, if he can recapture his best form, Danny is an invaluable asset but his knee injury, combined with less than stellar form, have made him far less integral to Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans.
His interview last summer burned a lot of bridges as well, and the feeling is that if a club like Manchester United were looking to sign him, he would be off. The fact that they may have moved on to other targets has left both the player and the club in a difficult position.
Poch sees him as the understudy to Ben Davies rather than vice versa now. The England international says he is determined to reclaim his spot in the first team but after his past comments, I find it hard to believe him.
If you gave me a choice between the best version of Rose and Davies, I would always choose the former, but we seem to have got past that point now. The manager prides himself on loyalty, and the full-back’s lack of games in recent months can only be partially attributed to injuries.
It looks like the manager and the club have moved on. The player will use the World Cup as a springboard to demonstrate his best form, but the fact that it is unclear whose benefit that will be for is a major part of the problem.
Trust between the manager and the player seems to be lacking. Trust between the player and the fans is clearly non-existent. With that being the case, a parting of ways looks to be a growing inevitability.