An ode to a Tottenham hero who has suffered in recent years, Danny Rose

“Towards the near post, Almunia opts to punch… Ohhh what a goal, It’s Danny Rose on his Premier League debut with a memorable strike. Can you believe it?”

Just nine minutes into his Premier League debut, a 19-year-old Danny Rose scored the goal of his career, with some iconic commentary going with it to add to the brilliance.

However, almost 11 years on from that wonderful moment back in April 2010, the now veteran full-back is close to leaving Tottenham, and it seems he’s set to be bundled out of the back door.

This would have been a hard situation to envisage as recently as two years ago, as he managed 26 Premier League appearances during the 2018/19 season (Transfermarkt), also featuring in the Champions League final against Liverpool that year.

TOPSHOT – Tottenham Hotspur’s English defender Danny Rose controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP.

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Rose was one of the best full-backs in England. His dynamism down the left made him a superb outlet for the Lilywhites during their best period of the Premier League era.

It was in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns where we really saw the best of the Doncaster-born defender.

If it wasn’t for the surprise campaign of Leicester City in 15/16 and Antonio Conte’s debut season at Chelsea then Rose would almost definitely be a Premier League winner, although after this point things quickly went downhill for him.

By this point, a fully-fledged England international, Rose suffered a serious knee injury in January 2017 and he didn’t return to football until October that year.

A lot changed in his nine months on the sidelines. It was in August that year when Rose gave an intriguing interview to The Sun, where he made waves about not being paid what he felt he was worth, Spurs signing players ‘that you have to Google’ and wanting to move up north to play football in his career.

This certainly didn’t help his cause in a lot of ways, but as ever, Rose has always spoken his mind and it is hard to criticise him for that.

It was even more impressive then, that after the interview and his knee injury, that in the 2018/19 campaign he had the resurgence that he did, with things looking bright until Jose Mourinho came in at the club.

Since Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham in November 2019 Rose has made just six appearances for the club (Transfermarkt) and was even loaned out to Newcastle for the second half of the 2019/20 season (BBC).

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold battles with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY STEPHANIE MEEK – CAMERSPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Since his return to the club after that loan spell, things have been very quiet from Rose. His time at Spurs looks to be over, and instead of going out as a celebrated fan favourite as he should be, he’s set to be bundled out of the back door.

It doesn’t appear that the former England international will be sold this January, despite the fact that he’ll be desperate to get back out on a football pitch sooner or later, and the likelihood is that he will leave for free in summer.

With both Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies the two rotating left-backs for Tottenham, Rose will never play for Tottenham again in this current spell, and that realisation is a sad one.

His 214 appearances for Tottenham shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet because of the circumstances he now he finds himself living with at the club, as racking up over ten years of service for a single club is not to be sneered at.

A testimonial looks unlikely, however, and all we hope is that when the day comes that Rose does exit the club he is looked back as the star defender that he was in his prime.

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