Jose Mourinho came out last night and claimed that he had not put Danny Rose up to his explosive interview about the state of Tottenham’s wage structure at present. Obviously the self proclaimed special one’s comments were tongue in cheek; however, you do sense that he truly believes that the opportunity to strike a deal is potentially on the cards.
Rose offers everything that United need at present. We have been crying out for a decent full back since Patrice Evra and the Spurs man will give us a natural width that we are lacking, as well as enabling us to cease this ridiculous trend of putting square pegs in round holes when it comes to the left back role. We finally have a wingback that can not only attack, but unlike the Young’s and Rojos of this world – can defend as well.
There is an interesting sub-plot to this transfer and you can’t help but feel that this could prove the perfect move for all involved – if we throw Luke Shaw into the mix.
It was Pochettino that brought him through at Southampton and why he has shown flashes of his ability at times at Old Trafford, he has never replicated the form that he showed under the Argentine boss at St Marys. Jose has been rather scathing of the player at times in the past 12 months and I personally feel that the opportunity to reunite with the manager that made him the player he was would be tempting, especially given his stop-start career at United. Supporters have lost patience with the player and believe that he hasn’t got what it takes to handle the pressure at a club like ours – something that he wouldn’t get if he were to move to Tottenham.
An exchange deal with Shaw thrown in for me is almost the ideal transfer scenario. In Danny Rose you have a player that is desperate to win silverware, wanting to return up north and we will double his wages overnight. For Tottenham they get rid of a bad apple at the club, inherit a young left back who Poch knows well and who is likely to give everything for the cause as he looks to establish himself and start to deliver his undoubted potential, under the stewardship of a manager who knows him better than most. On top of this we will probably have to pay around £20m extra, given Rose’s valuation, something that I can’t see the club likely to turn down.