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A wanted man, is Danny Rose now the complete player?

Friday 13th January 2017
When you look at the history of left sided players for England, it has always been a problematic area. There is one player whoever who appears to be close to squashing this common opinion and that man is Tottenham's Danny Rose.

Still only 26-years old, Rose is becoming one of the best left-sided players in World football and has really cemented down his place under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

As well as that he has also become a solid regular in the English national side and has pretty much made that position his own, fending off some quality competition from the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Luke Shaw.

This has earned the former Leeds United youth player the subject of apparent interest from Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, who is rumoured to want to sign both Rose and his Spurs teammate Kyle Walker, with some big money being talked about.

Has Rose now become the complete left-sided player? I fully believe that he is one of the best there is in current football. Many have tipped him to become World Class within the next year when he will be peaking in terms of age and ability.

Rose can play as a left-back and do an excellent job, but he is also a genuine threat and offers quality going forward and can operate just as effectively as a wing-back or a winger.
He was snapped up by Tottenham as a youth player in 2007 and after many successful loan spells at the likes of Bristol City and Sunderland, he is now one of the first players on the Spurs team sheet after making 108 appearances, scoring eight goals along the way.

Spurs scouts deserve a lot of credit in the coup of Rose. Leeds United had suffered relegation and the club had fallen into administration, hence needing to make money fast. They sold Rose to recoup some funds for only £1 million. Can you even begin to imagine the type of fee this player would get you now if he was to be sold? Quite astonishing.

Perhaps surprisingly, Rose only debuted for England in 2016 after a good spell in the Under-21s and also appearing for the Great Britain side during the 2012 Olympics. But since his first England appearance, he has gone on to earn 12 caps in only a year and has been a real asset to the England side. Current England Manager Gareth Southgate is a real admirer of Rose and will surely be featuring him in the forefront of his plans, whether he chooses to switch up a new formation to the vastly popular wing-backs and three at the back, or if he keeps it the same in a flat back four, Rose will be vital.

This is a pure talent that has been utilised well by Pochettino at Spurs and seems to be growing in stature, confidence and quality day by day. He offers everything that a top wide player should give plus more.

It's uncertain whether Spurs will be able to keep hold of their prized possession, however, if they continue to push for Titles and can step that up and achieve some silverware, it could well be that Rose continues at the Club he has been at for so long and has developed so well at.

As a Chelsea fan, I hope you can see how difficult this was for me to write! However, I do appreciate a good player and this is a talent I'd certainly love to see at my club.
Simon Phillips
Football Writer for the last 7 years, specialising in the English Premier League and covering a wide range of topics.

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