Danny Rose spoke some truths on international duty, shedding some light on what is wrong at Tottenham Hotspur.
They were going to be sold, or so we were told. They were excess to requirements and would be moved in the summer to make room for new assets. Making room both in terms of squad numbers and financial prudence. Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen, and Danny Rose were all supposed to be on to pastures anew, but all five remain at the club.
As professionals more is expected from what we’re seeing this season, both of those five individuals and the team. There is speculation about what has been going on behind the scenes. And Danny Rose’s recent controversial interview confirms what most of us suspected. Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino are no longer on the same page. That is clear.
In the article Rose was quoted as saying that Daniel Levy told him another contract wasn’t coming, but Rose felt as he keeps getting coaching and learning from his manager, he is staying at Tottenham.
This sounds like Pochettino and Levy aren’t even reading the same book. While Pochettino is continually nurturing Rose and others – hence his continued belief in Eriksen – Levy is trying to push them out the door before their contracts expire. Levy doesn’t have these players in the Spurs’ future plans, but Pochettino may feel differently.
Until Pochettino and Levy get back on the same page, Spurs are going nowhere. If that’s the case, the club must move on. While Pochettino can build a squad from scratch, he’d prefer to build from a stable platform, ala Guardiola at City and Klopp at Liverpool.
That scenario would be predicated on keeping your best players while adding more competition for in terms of depth and performance. Let’s hope Levy and Pochettino see eye-to-eye again soon and have a shared vision for Tottenham. Otherwise, this long season is going to continue.