Danny Rose has suggested that he could leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, per Sky Sports.
The left-back played a key role in the club’s top-four finish and their run to the Champions League final but he has hinted that Spurs could choose to cash in due to his age.
Rose has again emerged as one of the best left-backs in the country.
Throughout the 2018/19 season, he made a total of 37 appearances in all competitions and once again established a stranglehold on the club’s left-back position ahead of Ben Davies.
Per WhoScored, he averaged 1.9 tackles per game in the Premier League across the season, along with one key pass and 1.3 dribbles, while he is also fouled 1.8 times per game.
This is a swashbuckling defender who loves to roam forward and beat his man, while he’s also rarely beaten himself.
Compare that to Davies, who averaged 1.7 tackles, 0.6 key passes and just 0.3 dribbles. He is, on average, fouled 1.7 times per game.
In every regard, Rose is the better player.
Moving him on and hoping that the Wales international can step up is nothing short of a fool’s errand.
Rose’s performances on the pitch, combined with his off-the-field honesty and openness, have seen him taken to heart by Spurs fans.
He is the ideal full-back for manager Mauricio Pochettino, with the England international an iron-lunged talent who can get up and down the flank, mark his man out of the game and move the ball accurately.
There have, of course, been links with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Spurs could well end up signing the teenager.
But he can have no greater role model than Rose, a player who has been through thick and thin in north London and has earned his stripes.
He deserves to be kept around; the stats prove that he is better than his alternative at the club, and he can only help the major transfer target who is said to be in the pipeline.