Jose Mourinho is saying the right things to the press about his options at left back, but Danny Rose can’t afford another sub par performance.
Ben Davies’ unfortunate injury opens the door for Danny Rose to seize a spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI. If the English left back wants to thrive under his new gaffer, he needs to improve his play rather quickly.
The good news for Rose is that Mourinho is publicly very calm about the options available to him after losing Davies to an ankle injury. However, the competitive left back didn’t cloak himself in glory against Olympiacos during the week. His first half giveaway gifted the Greek opposition an early lead in the crucial Champions League fixture.
Rose will also benefit from Mourinho’s lack of trust in Ryan Sessegnon as a defender. As quoted by Football London, the Portuguese manager believes the relatively new Spurs player is only capable of playing as an attacker at the moment. He believes Sessegnon can become a classy left back in time, but he’s not yet ready for the rigors of playing against elite Premier League attackers on a regular basis.
Interestingly, Mourinho did name drop an unheralded Spurs Academy prospect as a potential option to contend for first team minutes at left back. Dennis Cirkin isn’t a household name for Tottenham supporters, but his recent play in the club’s youth setup has evidently caught Mourinho’s eye. No one should expect him to feature in the Premier League anytime soon, but he seems to be the next left back in line behind Rose if he struggles.
Clearly, Rose has a lot of rope ahead of him. He doesn’t need to be spectacular this weekend against Bournemouth to keep the competition at bay. On the other hand, he probably cannot afford another glaring error like he committed against Olympiacos. If he makes such a mistake in the coming weeks, it will likely lead Mourinho to fully investigate every possible alternative. The coming stretch of games is in line to make or break Rose’s future with Tottenham.