According to reports from Mirror Football, Tottenham are prepared to sell Danny Rose before the end of the month with PSG and Schalke both interested in the England full-back.
Rose has barely featured for Spurs since publicly revealing his frustrations with the club last summer, making just ten Premier League appearances throughout 2016/17, having been largely frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino.
But what’s the possible fallout from a departure taking place before August 31st? Football FanCast look at the potential consequences of selling Rose this summer…
Compare Kyle Walker’s departure to how Tottenham have handled Rose’s situation and the two cases are markedly different. Whereas Walker forced his way into a big move to Manchester City, where he’s since become a Premier League title winner and a key part of the England team while enjoying a much larger contract, Rose has spent most of the year since that interview rotting on the bench and will now have to play his football abroad.
That’s no disrespect to Schalke or PSG, who are both huge clubs in their on right – the latter will see themselves as Champions League contenders this season. But neither of their top flights are as competitive as the Premier League and in his heart of hearts, Rose would surely have preferred joining one of Tottenham’s divisional rivals like Manchester United or City.
Perhaps there are mitigating circumstances that put clubs off signing Rose in comparison to Walker, but it’s an important message from Pochettino’s perspective nonetheless. While Walker’s departure seemed to almost promote the benefits of leaving Tottenham, Rose’s drawn-out exit demonstrates to the rest of the squad that sales are only done on Spurs’ terms – and that players looking to leave probably won’t end up with the dream move they hoped for.
A key fulcrum of Pochettino’s reign at Tottenham has been his promotion of and belief in young players. Rose once fell into that category but with the England international moving on, it’s time for another talented youngster to make the step up and fill his void – with Kyle Walker-Peters being the most obvious candidate.
The 21-year-old will be itching for the opportunity to impress and gain some first-team experience as Ben Davies’ understudy, although it will no doubt be a tough job for him. Walker-Peters is a right-back by trade and although he’s featured on the left for Spurs before, it’s always difficult playing on your weaker side.
Then again, amid the era of inverted full-backs, that experience could prove to be a blessing for the England U21 in the short-term.
Tottenham won’t be able to sign a direct replacement for Rose this month but cashing in on the 28-year-old now will free up some funds for the January transfer window, which will be an important one for the north Londoners after failing to bring a single body through the door during the summer. Transfermarkt value him at £27million, but Mirror Football reckon he could bring in almost double that, rating Rose at £50million.
And while it’s often said that the best players are never available in January, we could see that change in 2019 after such a strange and unique summer for the Premier League. Plenty of clubs failed to adequately strengthen and offload players who would prefer to remain in English football, so there’s certainly business to be done in the new year.
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