Sunday 25 February 2018 / 03:07 AM


Another game for Spurs, another disappointing result – a 1-all draw at Watford – and another 90 minutes on the bench for Danny Rose.

The question is: will Mauricio Pochettino regret his treatment of Rose?

We all know the Danny Rose story – he got injured about halfway through last season, didn’t play Spurs’ run in, stayed injured during the off-season and then gave an interview to The Sun in which he said that he deserved more money, that his teammates did too, and that he might like a move up north in the near future.

Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a tirade that went down well – the player was fined two weeks’ wages, Spurs fans were deeply unhappy and, worst of all for Rose, it seems to have consigned him to a seat on the sidelines for the majority of Tottenham’s games this season.

The man preferred to Rose – Ben Davies – has played extremely well in his stead, but one must still question Pochettino’s wisdom in shutting out a player who previously had a £40-£50 million price tag on his head.

Rose’s value must surely have plummeted during his time on the treatment table, and the fact that he is struggling to get a game for Spurs will not be doing that valuation any favours.

The alienation of Rose, plus his lack of playing time, will surely conjoin at some point and see the player moving on, but can Daniel Levy realistically hope for a bumper fee like the huge sum that Man City played for Rose’s fullback partner Kyle Walker?

Not if he isn’t playing.

And that’s where Pochettino is playing a dangerous game. Whatever the manager says in the press, the fact of the matter is that Rose is clearly out of favour at Tottenham – his lack of selection against Real Madrid in the Champions League and in the North London derby made that very clear.

But given that Spurs are hoping to complete an expensive move to a brand new stadium next year, and that Levy will be relying on money brought in through transfers to strengthen the squad, is it sensible for Pochettino to alienate Rose and therefore devalue him as a result?

Would it not be better to play Rose, reap the benefits of his skill, and then sell him when his market value is at his highest?

Perhaps Pochettino knows what he is doing, perhaps Daniel Levy has made peace with the fact that Rose will not make the club £40 million, but to me it seems like short-sighted football management that’ll cost Spurs £20 million.

That’s a fair chunk of change to surrender, particularly when the club’s chances of playing in next season’s Champions League are dwindling by the week.

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