When Danny Rose left Leeds United behind in 2007, the scene at Elland Road was vastly different.
Having been relegated to League One, the club entered administration and as a result, Rose was sold to Tottenham in a bid to raise vital funds.
The Yorkshire outfit received a fee of just £1m for his services and with his exit, they lost one of their most promising young players.
Rose had grown up in the Leeds academy and for the Doncaster-born defender, it was a brave career decision to move south to London. Yet, you can’t say his career hasn’t been a fruitful one.
The 30-year-old has won 29 England caps and been to multiple international tournaments and he entered the spotlight when he thumped in a remarkable volley from long range against Arsenal.
However, despite his ability to ripple the net from distance, he had one special quality – speed.
In an article by Goal in 2010, their scout report concluded: “Capable of playing on either flank, Rose is predominantly left-footed and, like fellow Leeds academy graduate Aaron Lennon, has pace to burn.”
But why is this relevant in the present day? Well, Leeds are hoping to sign a left-back who possesses similar qualities at a young age.
That happens to be Liverpool’s Yasser Larouci. According to Football Insider, the door has been opened for Leeds to sign him this month and if they did, they’d find themselves their new Rose.
Like the Tottenham defender, he’s capable of playing on either flank and crucially, he has plenty of pace. In an assessment from Liverpool journalist James Pearce, he typified the 20-year-old perfectly:
“Larouci has made big strides forward. He’s an interesting one in itself because he’s a player who came in as an attacker, as a real pacey, strong winger with an eye for goal,” he commented.
Coincidentally, Rose started his career as a left midfielder before migrating slightly further back, just as Larouci has.
Rose didn’t manage a competitive league outing for the Whites but it’s hard to suggest they’ve had a quick defender in that position for a while. Gjanni Alioski and Barry Douglas hardly epitomise pace so it would be refreshing for Leeds to find an energetic youngster capable of playing in that position.
If Rose had stayed, he could have been their man for a number of years. As it happens, they are now ready to welcome through a new generation.
Larouci has just two senior Liverpool appearances to his name so could do with more experience but the early signs are certainly promising for the Algerian.
This would be a canny investment from Victor Orta, one that could finally make up for the loss of one of their most talented academy players all those years ago.