Rose the next to be Pruned?
It’s official – Tottenham have seen the first major departure of the summer with Atletico Madrid confirming the signing of Kieran Trippier. We wish him well following his four years of service at the club but for most fans, there is concern over his replacement.
It’s generally accepted that Spurs will look to cover Trippier from within and that’s not gone down well with a section of supporters. To those dissenters we now ask – is the situation about to get worse?
Rose Blooms Elsewhere?
News came through on Wednesday that Danny Rose had been left out of the squad to tour Asia in pre season and it’s believed that the left back will be using the time to look at the possibility of a move away. At 29, he’s at a similar stage of his career to Kieran Trippier and at an age when Tottenham frequently look to cash in before their commodity is ‘over the hill’.
We may feel that Danny is surplus to requirements but it’s being reported that there is no shortage of interest from other Premier League sides. When Rose was quoted as being unhappy with his salary a couple of years ago, Manchester United were listed as a potential destination and it seems as though they may have renewed their interest.
Elsewhere, Everton and even Arsenal have been mentioned while there has been a suggestion of a possible drop into the Championship with former club Leeds United. That may seem unlikely but we could certainly consider overseas clubs including Juventus and Paris St-Germain.
Who Comes In?
Unlike the Trippier situation, there is talk of a replacement signing for Danny Rose but is it really like-for-like? With the player’s other commitments out of the way, it’s now being reported that Spurs will step up their interest in Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon but the 19 year old is more attack minded and has spent more time as an attacking left winger at Craven Cottage.
We do, of course, have Ben Davies within the ranks at the new White Hart Lane and the fact that the Welshman has now signed a new contract suggests that he is likely to step up and be the new first choice left back at the club. There seems to be more of a welcome to that idea than the Aurier for Trippier call but with no Kyle Walker-Peters looking to break through on the left, do we still need to strengthen?
There is some way to go before these deals come to fruition but as Mauricio Pochettino said, this summer could be painful and it may well continue with the loss of both our first choice wide defenders.