What does Danny Rose do now?
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose appeared on his way in the days leading up to the January transfer window. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was being touted as keen to procure his signature. Now the left back looks set to remain with Spurs.
In the fall, Rose went public with his blatant criticism over Spurs’ contract negotiations. The England international believed he was worth more money than the club were offering him to stay.
Yet his injury struggles, coupled with Luke Shaw's renaissance, have seen United all but withdraw its interest in the 27-year-old. He'll have to stay in London, eating a daily ration of his words.
No playing time
Rose hardly featured for Tottenham in 2017. He made just 18 Premier League appearances last season before a medial ligament injury sidelined him for roughly eight months.
Fitness issues have limited his playing time this season. There have been just five Premier League appearances from a possible 24. Rose can’t get a consistent run of games together before his knee flares up. Needless to say, his situation has discouraged potential bidders.
When he was healthy, Tottenham was purportedly seeking £50 million for his signature. That's a non-starter now.
The other Manchester club went in for Kyle Walker as Pep Guardiola went on a fullback shopping spree. His other three acquisitions haven't impressed. Still, it's difficult to see the Catalan taking a chance on damaged goods. Certainly not for top dollar.
Rose’s public criticism of Tottenham’s contract policy might have held more weight if his deal had been running down. As it is, he's only in the third season of a deal that runs through 2021. The ball is firmly in Tottenham’s court.
The club can ignore his cries for an improved deal, safe in the knowledge he doesn’t have to go anywhere for at least two more seasons. Spurs can also negotiate new terms from a position of strength for the foreseeable future.
Further bad behaviour could also affect Rose's playing time. In turn, his World Cup prospects, slim already, would be at risk.
If the left-back is playing regularly for Tottenham in spring, there is little doubt he’ll make Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side. Rose is acutely aware he needs to be playing on a weekly basis to make the squad. His best course then is to knuckle down and fight for a starting place rather than force his way out.
Leaving mid-season can be risky. It’s often difficult to settle in a new side. Time is not on Rose's side. Every match lost hampers his World Cup hopes. To have any chance of making the trip, he simply must be a good little boy.
Rose came ever so close to a Manchester United move. Now the 27-year-old must focus on winning back his place in Mauricio Pochettino's starting XI. It's imperative. Regardless whether he is focused on making the World Cup or just putting himself in the shop window, there is no other way forward.