The Chalkboard: Tottenham must ditch rotation policy and make Rose first-choice

Mauricio Pochettino regularly employs rotation at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Argentine continually swaps his full-backs around, with Ben Davies and Danny Rose at left-back and Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier at right-back, but with the season approaching a crunch period, he may have to rethink his priorities.

On the chalkboard

Spurs’ full-backs have all played over 10 games in all competitions for the club thus far this season.

Aurier is perhaps the least trusted under Pochettino, playing 14 times, with Kieran Trippier making 26 appearances. Davies, too, has 26 games under his belt, while Rose has played 19 times.

But the latter has excelled in recent outings, particularly against Watford, laying on a key assist.

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The last two games in which he has been rested, however, came against Wolves and Manchester United. Spurs lost both.

Pochettino’s men are third in the Premier League and remain in the title race – they are just five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Playing Rose continually between now and the end of the season makes sense, then, provided that he does not pick up any injuries.

Better than Davies

Davies, quite simply, is not really good enough for Tottenham.

The Wales international has played in five of the club’s six Premier League defeats thus far this season – only missing the loss to Liverpool.

He has not scored a goal nor provided an assist in the league, compared to Rose’s three assists.

The England international is also better going forward, routinely looking to cross the halfway line and affect the game in the final third.

Pochettino should drop his 25-year-old teammate permanently, install Rose as his first-choice left-back and reap the rewards.

Spurs, quite simply, can’t afford to fall victim to more Davies-related defeats as they look to chase down City and Jurgen Klopp’s men.