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Danny Rose: The curious case of Tottenham Hotspur's left-back

Saturday 12th August 2017
Well, who saw that coming? Was it overdue? In all honesty, one of the Spurs players were bound to say something about the elephant in the room. Who really saw Danny Rose being the leak? He did apologise and his apology was accepted. But has the cat already been let out of the bag. If the left-back feels like this, surely he's not the only one?

Let's look at the facts: Tottenham Hotspur have one of the best keepers in the world. They also had the best defence and attack of last season. They have had the Premier League's top scorer for the past two seasons in Harry Kane.

Daniel Levy is notorious for being the hardest negotiator in England, but being equally as stingy with their star players (of which there are many) is a dangerous sign. Fortunately, Mauricio Pochetino has developed a project which the entirety of the squad has bought into. But let's face the facts, the squad is seriously underpaid and could be earning a lot more.

Undervalued?



It's a definite yes from me. Not one player is earning over £100k-a-week.  Dated 25th July, below were the wages of the Spurs squad:























































































































































































Hugo Lloris£80,000
Michel Vorm£22,000
Jan Vertonghen£40,000
Toby Alderweireld£75,000
Ben Davies£30,000
Danny Rose£30,000
Kieran Trippier£35,000
Kevin Wimmer£30,000
Eric Dier£70,000
Dele Alli£50,000
Victor Wanyama£70,000
Christian Eriksen£75,000
Moussa Sissoko£95,000
Moussa Dembele£80,000
Harry Winks£20,000
Kevin N'Koudou£20,000
Tom Carroll£25,000
Vincent Janssen£25,000
Erik Lamela£70,000
Heung Min Son£85,000
Harry Kane£60,000
Josh Onomah£20,000


Let's look at their defence. Man-for-man, they arguably have the best in the league and not one of them have six-figure deals.

Meanwhile, their midfield carries a wealth of creativity which shows in their players' output over the season, with Alli along with Eriksen and Son Heung-Min involved in 20+ goals in all competitions. Let's put this into perspective: Jesse Lingard earns more than all of them at £120,000 per week. He could barely get on the bench for United at times in the season.
 Did Danny Rose look at Lingard's stats too? Clearly, he's as confused as we are.
Did Danny Rose look at Lingard's stats too? Clearly, he's as confused as we are.
Harry Kane has proven over the past three seasons that he's been the most consistent. He's amassed over 75 goals in the Premier League. his performances over the season showed that he is not far off the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero, who I've considered in the top bracket of out-and-out strikers in the world. These players earn more than double what the young Englishman makes.

Back to Rose



Back to Danny Rose now, it's early days but it could become a very awkward atmosphere for the left back now with the hierarchy, especially after the £130,000 fine (two weeks' wages). He's might have started a revolution with players apparently applauding his comments, including his questioning of the club's transfer policies, stating that players should be signed that "we don't have to Google".

What should he do?



If he's to leave, despite the rumours linking him with Chelsea and Manchester United, even Man City, he should go to Liverpool and here's why. Chelsea is arguably light, but at best he'll be neck and neck with Marcos Alonso, who is a year his junior. At Manchester United, the one birth which is questionable in that defence is left-back. For me, Danny Rose is not a dead-cert starter. At best once again, he'll be the perfect barometer for Luke Shaw to measure himself against when he reaches full fitness. Shaw is also five years younger so long term, Rose might just look like a quick fix. As for the Sky Blues, he's a bench warmer, simple as.

Meanwhile, at Liverpool they played James Milner regularly there. Jurgen Klopp clearly does not fancy Alberto Moreno, I think he's still recovering from the 2016 Europa horror show. Andrew Robertson for £8m certainly raised eyebrows. But following this up with capturing Danny Rose will be great for both parties, the Englishman will still be first choice, while the Red can move Moreno on.
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