Newcastle United opinion: Magpies should drop their interest in Danny Rose
According to The Sun, Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, with the report claiming that the 29-year-old has been identified by Magpies manager Steve Bruce as the club’s No.1 left-back target for the summer.
The Sun, however, understands that Newcastle are struggling to meet the England international’s wage demands, even if Spurs’ £20million asking price for the defender is well within their financial capabilities.
Newcastle are not the only club to have been linked with a move for the wantaway left-back, with the Sun suggesting that Serie A heavyweights Juventus, as well as Ligue 1 giants PSG, are keen to snap up the hugely experienced ace.
Interestingly, Rose is very much in the queue to become the latest Britain-based star to venture abroad for better opportunities in his career, following the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Trippier.
A youth product of Leeds United, Rose joined Spurs as a teenager back in 2005 and made his first-team debut for the Lilywhites in the 2009-10 campaign, although it wasn’t until the 2013-14 season that he managed to nail down a significant role at Tottenham.
The left-back hasn’t looked back since then and has gradually gone on to establish himself as one of the best attack-minded full-backs in the Premier League over the past four or five years, whilst also doing well to cement a regular starting role for England on the international front.
Rose, who has been capped 27 times by England at the senior international level, boasts of an impressive record for Spurs, having accumulated 10 goals and 27 assists in 198 appearances in all competitions over the course of a spell that has stretched for more than a decade.
However, Lilywhites boss Mauricio Pochettino is apparently keen to get a few ageing stars off his books and Rose too is also looking forward to the next big step in his career.
Hence, a move elsewhere, preferably to another top-six club in the Premier League or to any of the heavyweights in the top-five European leagues, would be in the 29-year-old’s best interests.
Newcastle have signed Joelinton for big money, however, that hasn’t stopped Bruce from weighing up an audacious swoop for Danny Rose, although the Magpies currently have their work cut out in overcoming the stumbling block of the player’s wages.
To put things into perspective, Newcastle’s pursuit of a new left-back this summer definitely makes a lot of sense given that former manager Rafael Benitez had to spend the entirety of the previous campaign with Matt Ritchie as a makeshift option in that position.
Paul Dummett, of course, is undoubtedly a very sound presence at the back, but he doesn’t offer a lot going further up the pitch. Javier Manquillo and Ciaran Clark are also capable of filling in there but neither of them has the right kind of balance between attacking and defensive attributes to contribute equally in both halves of the pitch.
With that in mind, Newcastle would hardly get a better option than Danny Rose, although the England international’s advancing years as well as his big wage demands, should prompt the Toon Army to look at cheaper and more affordable alternatives in the market.
As evident from Newcastle’s transfer policy over the past decade, club owner Mike Ashley is not a big fan of signing players above the age of 26, and his obsession with the resale value of players means that there is apparently not a lot of substance in the Magpies’ links with Danny Rose.
Rose, 29, is nearing a stage in his career where his resale value would be next to nothing after two to three years, so Newcastle would be the obvious losers in such a deal.
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Taking all the factors into consideration, Newcastle could possibly manage to get one or two good seasons out of Rose but they might as well do better by investing those funds in a younger player with a lot of potential.