Rose staying: Equals?
Yesterday Andre Villas-Boas was quite definite on the future of Danny Rose and that was that his future lies with Tottenham Hotspur.
When asked of the players future, AVB said: 'Permanent is completely impossible because we have big expectations for the player for the future.
'There is a high possibility that his loan spell will continue, but we appreciate what he has been doing over here.
'It's been a massive experience. He has been extremely well managed. He's been man of the match a couple of times, and we can't give away a player of his qualities.'
Having Danny remain at Sunderland seems to be a sensible decision in the short term, if as we assume that BAE is fully recovered and will either play some part against Reading or Cheltenham, as has been hinted, and giving Danny another half a season to gain experience seems a good move, especially as we will have both Naughton and Vertonghen as cover at left back for the rest of the season, should anything happen to BAE.
This will work for all parties, in allowing BAE games to regain his match fitness, allow Rose to play and develop and also allow sensible rotation for Kyle Naughton in either full back position, therefore keeping him motivated and also allowing for his development. In the longer term however, you feel that Rose won't be happy to return to WHL merely as cover for the left back role and will demand that he will get regular football and perhaps even start the season with an equal chance of securing the left back role as first choice should his form be superior to BAE's.
There is of course the possibility that Spurs could allow Assou-Ekotto to leave, therefore retaining a younger player (Rose is 22) for the managers long term plans, but also freeing up funds, much in the way he was happy to sell Michael Dawson in the summer. Could a decent offer from someone like Chelsea or PSG, either in January or more likely the summer be a temptation for both Tottenham and the player, who might well see a final pay day as being too good an opportunity to turn down as he will turn 29 in March? With money probably being spent with Levy's usual caution, could generating around £15m for Dawson and BAE be considered goos and sensible business, if it allowed the club to bring in players that they considered better and longer term investments?
Rose has received outstanding reports in his time at Sunderland and may well want to consider his options in the summer, should there not be the guarantee's he wants to become a regular starter at WHL, but should Spurs get a Champions league or at least a Europa place next season, you feel there is enough games in a season to allow regular rotation and therefore retaining both Naughton and Rose along with Walker and BAE is sensible for squad development and keeping them and four quality central defenders, cover most options and also offers outstanding cover and competition, should the players be happy to share the seasons burden…