Dan the man had a plan
Somewhat surprisingly after his recent tantrum, that blooming Rose has defied many who thought he was incapable of thinking first and then acting.
Danny has always been an all action player, to me - perhaps as one of his longest and most adamant supporters - (when so many wrote him off in the early days soon after he was first converted to a Left back by Harry - Redders, not Kane) I`ve always recognized that he`s the type that plays on the edge.
His aggression makes his game. He takes no crap and gives no quarter and doesn't expect any, he's a tough no nonsense player. Which is exactly what I like to see in my defensive players.
At times he can be a tad too aggressive and when he reacts, even a little nasty, and these are attributes and strengths that may well be the very things that he`ll need to curtail off the pitch if he`s not to repeat his unfortunate ill-considered outburst ever again.
What's clear is he wears his heart on his sleeve., maybe that's why Poch seemed so quick to forgive him where he hasn't others and appears to have moved on past it as fast as he could put the outburst to bed.
But he will mature and he's certain to have learned that venting your feelings when you've been through such a difficult time, isn't the brightest of ways to get your message across. There are some things you best do behind closed doors, it's that simple.
I really do hope that he`s realized that he needs far better advice than he apparently got or perhaps didn`t get at the time.
As he starts on the comeback trial he explains he did have a plan;
'The plan in my head was to play some minutes against West Ham,' Rose told the Standard.
'I did well in training on Sunday and I got in the changing room and was getting ready to have a shower. The manager called me upstairs and said: 'You're doing well, do you think you could do 10, 15 minutes in Madrid?' I said, 'Yes, of course, no problem '.
He went on;
'It's just been an unexpected couple of days because I thought I would be watching the game on TV at home. It's amazing he put me on in midfield as well. It's been a frustrating period but this last couple of days has made it all worth it.'
For long time Danny watchers you`ll know that for a good while it was thought that his best position would be in midfield, but if it was, it wouldn`t be with us. At the time, he just didn't look good enough to hold a place in our midfield and Harry converting him to a left back was I thought at the time, exactly what he needed both for him and for us.
The fact that Poch decided that he can perhaps now have a role in midfield when needed is a nod to his footballing maturity and Poch`s ability to send players back to their roots as he builds a flexible multi-faceted team capable of playing differing roles and being able to quickly tactically adapt.
If I have any criticism of Danny, it`s his propensity to add the timber during injury periods, of course all players tend to do it, but sometimes if you`re small and not so tall it seems to have a greater impact.
This time my hope would be that Danny can get back to his best both physically and mentally quicker than last time, which is when I think somewhat impatiently and unkindly I can recall the booing and nasty comments that some of our so called fans direct his way at the lane. I hope that they too have learned the lesson that chucking out crap like that can damage and stick around in a players head, fine with the opposition, but not to your own. Vent by all means, but do it here or on another forum or to your mates, but give it a rest at the game.
Assuming he now stays and fights the lure of doubling his money and returning Up'norf, Poch is going to have a wonderful selection headache in the not too distant future, personally, I`d still go for Danny all day long and twice on Sundays.
Now who can disagree with that?