Danny Rose used to be a leader for Tottenham, but now he is absolutely one of the biggest malcontents in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Early in Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham it was clear that Danny Rose had a father/son relationship with the Argentine gaffer. Those days are now gone. Rose has gone from being one of Pochettino’s favourite sons to one of the biggest problem children at Spurs.
At the very least, Tottenham officials have a firm understanding of when they’ll be rid of the veteran left back. According to the Evening Standard, Rose is adamant that he won’t be leaving the North London club until his current contract expires after the 2021 season. It’s quite likely that he’ll be on the outer fringes of the Tottenham squad by then.
Ryan Sessegnon is just breaking into Pochettino’s senior squad, but he’s clearly the left back of the future at Tottenham. Ben Davies also signed a long-term deal with Spurs before the 2019/20 season began. He’s not the sexiest fullback in the Premier League, but he’s a steady player who should age gracefully. It’s not as if he’s ever been reliant on his athleticism to be an effective player.
Rose, in sharp contrast, has been almost completely reliant on his athleticism to be a quality player. Watching him this season it’s obvious that those gifts are starting to decline at a fairly rapid rate. Rose doesn’t have the technical quality to continue to be a quality Premier League starter once his legs start to go. In other words, he’s going to be an overpaid player as his deal starts to wind down.
The combination of being overpaid and outspoken is going to grate on everyone at Tottenham’s nerves in a major way. Spurs fans shouldn’t be surprised if Rose is ultimately sent away from the senior squad due to his attitude issues. That’s unlikely to occur this year, but it’s easy to envision a scenario where Rose loses playing time and becomes even more public with every gripe he has with the club.
To put it bluntly, the days of Rose being a cult hero for Tottenham supporters are officially over. He’s part of the problem rather than the solution for Spurs.