He was absolutely terrible yesterday! Genuinely couldn't believe how bad he was. Like others have said, he can go along with Wanyama and Verts. Pains me to say that as I love Vertonghen but his legs have 100% gone.
He now has a habit of clearing the ball straight to the opposition. Like he can’t kick the thing. Puts us under immediate pressure. A few of them do at the moment. If there’s no option on, put it out of play, defending 101
Times definitely up for Danny, great servant but no room for sentiments at this level if we want to push on
Love Danny. Whilst I agree, it seems his time as first choice is at an end, I never understand the folk saying that he doesn't care. Or his head has gone etc etc. He works his bollocks off every game and looks knackered by the end. He may be putting in poor performances, but it's more his athleticism I think, never his effort.
He is one of the few players who says things as he sees them. Unwise, with so many fans being so sensitive.
Until Davies is fit, as sess just isnt upto the wingback position yet, he is what we have.
I couldn't believe what I was watching yesterday. It was almost like he had bet on himself to make the most unforced errors in the match. It was ridiculous. I like to think that Jose has finally got the message, hence the substitution. Be glad to see Davies back and with Sess, Jan and Japhet , we have a few better options.
On a day when Gedson Fernandes began his Tottenham career in earnest, was this the beginning of the end for another Spurs player who was not selected at Vicarage Road?
Danny Rose did not travel with the Tottenham squad for the trip to Watford, the club he nearly joined last August and where he spent a couple of months on loan in 2009, four days after he was left out of the matchday 18 against Middlesbrough.
Jose Mourinho said Rose had suffered a “little injury in his back two days ago (Thursday)”, although this was not included in the club’s injury bulletin on Friday, nor was there any update before the Watford match. A well-placed source then told The Athleticafter the game that Rose had been fit to play and will be available for Tottenham’s next training session.
Mourinho went on to further explain Rose’s absence, adding: “We knew it was going to be physical, at the same time we knew that (Ismaila) Sarr is a runner… So the decision was also to bring (Ryan) Sessegnon on the bench in case we needed another winger. So a bit of everything.”
It was left to Japhet Tanganga, a 20-year-old right-footed centre-back to fill in at left-back for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. Tanganga battled gamely but it was a tough assignment against Watford’s quick right-winger Sarr. Tanganga was booked in the first half after getting caught under a high ball and was beaten for pace a couple of times in the second.
As for Rose, what happens now? Mourinho spoke last week about how much the team has missed the soon-to-return Ben Davies and, even in his absence, Rose hasn’t been able to get regular game time. Yes he has been injured at points, but in recent weeks Rose has been overlooked for a 32-year-old soon to be out-of-contract central defender (Jan Vertonghen), a winger described in November by Mourinho as not a left-back (Sessegnon) and now Tanganga. On Tuesday night against Middlesbrough, Rose’s place on the bench was given to 17-year-old Dennis Cirkin, although Mourinho explained that this was to give the youngster some first-team experience.
The only time Rose has started for Mourinho in the Premier League was last weekend against Liverpool, following the struggles of Sessegnon and Vertonghen in the left-back role. Rose fared no better, however, completing a team-low 59 per cent of his passes and being substituted after 69 minutes. Some supporters were so dismayed by his off-the-pace performance that they called for him to be sold immediately.
The chances of that happening, though, are remote. Rose’s contract expires in the summer of 2021 and, as he said in November, he has no intention of leaving before then. “In January, you are probably going to hear something (about my future),” he said. “I’m telling you right now that I’m not going anywhere until my contract is finished.” The Athletic understands that Rose’s plan remains to see out his contract. This is despite the desire of Tottenham power-brokers to sell him in each of the last two summers. In 2018, a year before they successfully bought Sessegnon, Spurs offered Rose as part of a deal to try and sign the youngster from Fulham.
Twelve months later Rose was the subject of two bids from Watford. At that time, it was manager Mauricio Pochettino who wanted him to stay. Fast forward to this weekend and with Pochettino gone, Rose failing to make it to Watford was for altogether different reasons.
All of which feels rather sad. Much has been made of Christian Eriksen’s long goodbye, but the endgame of Rose’s Tottenham career feels similarly jarring. For a player who announced himself with that stunning volley on his Premier League debut against Arsenal a decade ago, spending the next few months battling to be Davies’ understudy feels a tad underwhelming.
The journey to this point centred on the knee injury Rose picked up this time three years ago. His form then was electric but it was a setback that required surgery and kept Rose out for nine months. “He’s not really been the same player since,” one former Tottenham coach told The Athletic.
Since then, Rose has mainly made headlines off the pitch. He stunned Spurs by giving an explosive interview to The Sun in which he urged the club to sign bigger names, “not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’” In 2018, ahead of playing for England in the World Cup in Russia, his bravery in talking about his depression was a genuinely game-changing moment for the discussion around mental health. He then told a BBC documentary that he was “angry” and “embarrassed” after a potential new club asked to meet him “just to check that you’re not crazy”.
Rose remains an open and eloquent speaker — only last week he stopped and talked candidly to reporters, despite his side’s defeat to Liverpool and his own disappointing performance.
And after 13 years at the club, Rose has earned the right to do whatever he wants at Tottenham. His aim is still to stay and fight for his place in his team, and he may yet succeed. Rose is still only 29 and Mourinho claims he is still part of his plans.
But it felt like his omission from the squad at Watford was symptomatic of a changing of the guard at Spurs. After all, not only was Rose replaced by the much younger Tanganga, but Gedson made his debut and Giovani Lo Celso was granted a first Premier League start under Mourinho. Stalwart Eric Dier was left watching on and the soon-to-depart Eriksen was relegated to the bench.
Was this the belated start of the phasing out of some of Pochettino’s team? For Rose, watching at home, it must have felt that way.