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Pochettino’s Headache – How Should Tottenham Solve Their Biggest Conundrum This Summer?

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Why Tottenham Should Avoid Desperation And Stick To Danny Rose And Ben Davies

Having suffered a knee ligament injury while playing against Sunderland in the early part of January last season, Danny Rose spent the rest of the season on the sidelines. Spurs have now received a word that the 26-year-old England international is likely to miss the first month of the Premier League season on account of his persisting injury.

Danny Rose was expected to make a comeback towards the end of last season but Rose failed to make an appearance for the Spurs beyond 31st of January 2017. Questions will be raised on whether Tottenham should be looking to bring in a new left-back this summer as a back up for Rose, or even as a competition for the Englishman. One could argue that Tottenham could have possibly won the Premier League had Rose not suffered that injury last season.

The idea of a bringing in a new left-back this summer might not be the best thing for Tottenham. The London club has a capable backup for Rose in the form of Ben Davies who managed to impress at left-back in the absence of Rose in the later half of the season.

The 24-year-old Wales international made 34 appearances for Spurs last season while contributing 2 goals and 3 assists through the course. The Welshman was solid in defense and was also quite capable while going forward. Having joined Tottenham from Swansea City in 2014, Davies made quite a few appearances for Tottenham in his three seasons at the club.

Ben Davies
Ben Davies

But Tottenham should be wary of Danny Rose leaving the club in the near future having strongly hinted about a possible move away from London in the near future. Danny Rose shared his thoughts with BBC Radio 5 a few months back and had this to say about the club trying to keep its best players.

“I think the club can only do so much. I think a lot of it’s going to be down to the individual. A player might feel that he’s done enough at Tottenham, and he might fancy a change.”

The 26-year-old was strongly linked with a move to either, Manchester United and rivals Manchester City as both clubs are on the lookout for a reliable left-back. Manchester City would pounce at the opportunity of signing Danny Rose having already lost Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy. Manchester United have also been facing trouble in the left-back position with the off colour and injury prone Luke Shaw. Mourinho has publicly expressed his displeasure with United’s defence and could turn to Danny Rose in the hour of desperation.

No matter what, Tottenham should not let Danny Rose leave and neither should they get another fullback. A fully fit Danny Rose would take them closer to the Premier League title.