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Analysing Newcastle United’s reported transfer target: Danny Rose vs Matt Ritchie

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United will consider offering Danny Rose a way out of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same report also goes on to state that Steve Bruce was interested in the England international during the summer and has reignited interest in light of Jetro Willems’ season-ending knee injury.

And now, having only started one Premier League game since Mourinho’s debut against West Ham, the 29-year-old defender might be allowed to leave the club should the right offer come in.

Looking at the options the Magpies currently have, it’s likely that Rose would come in as a direct rival to Matt Ritchie for that left-back position in the current roster of players.

When we take a look at their respective player profiles, we can actually see that, despite there being some key differences between the two, they aren’t too dissimilar.

Since neither have played a significant amount in the current season, it’s only fair to take a look at their respective 2018/19 campaigns.

Of course, even back then, Ritchie managed to amass a significantly higher amount of minutes under his belt with 2940 as opposed to his rival’s 1798, and this should be taken into consideration.

But even with that being said, the two players do seem to offer quite a similar output.

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When it comes to defending, Ritchie is still slightly ahead with 1.4 interceptions per game as opposed to Rose’s 0.9 but the two are dead even when it comes to tackling as both the Newcastle and Spurs aces boasted 1.9 per game.

Some differences can be noted when we take a look at their respective offensive contributions, however. But it’s also important to note that they were largely used in different systems throughout the 2018/19 season.

Ritchie was a left wing-back in a back five while Rose was an out and out left-back in a defensive quartet, which naturally means that they had different roles within the team.

Still, the 29-year-old Englishman seems to be a better dribbler with 1.3 per game vs just 0.4 from the Scotland international. However, Ritchie boasted 1.7 key passes compared to Rose’s one per game last season. When considering these stats together we can infer that the Magpies ace preferred to slice open the opposition with passing rather than dribbling.

All in all, there’s not much between them but that’s just another reason Spurs’ man would likely add more competition to the left-back position.

It still remains to be seen whether Bruce can lure Rose to the North East.

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