The odds of Danny Rose leaving Spurs this summer have dropped after an explosive inteview where the England man complained about being underpaid, but Dan Fitch thinks he's remain at the club, for this year at least...
"To lose two of your best players to rivals in the same transfer window would make Tottenham seem like a selling club, rather than one that has merely cashed out on a right-back who wasn’t even first-choice by the end of last season."
Danny Rose's decision to give such a revealing interview to The Sun may have been made with a view to forcing a move this summer, but will he get his wish?
The Spurs left-back spoke openly about his desire to win trophies and earn the sort of wages that he would be paid at any other leading Premier League club. At 27-years old his next contract, whether at Tottenham or elsewhere, is his last chance to be paid the type of six-figure salaries that are commonplace in England's top flight.
Rose's admission has seen a change in the odds regarding his future. Before the interview was published last night, Rose was rated at 2/9 to remain at Spurs after the transfer window closes on September 1st but that's drifted out to 8/15. Manchester United are the favourites to land Rose should he move, with his odds coming in from 11/2 to 11/8, while a transfer to Chelsea is now rated at 5/1 having previously been 11/2.
Tottenham's decision to sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City this summer could be an expensive one, despite the huge fee they received for the full-back. Walker's resulting rise of salary was bound to get other Spurs players thinking about whether they would also be better off elsewhere, especially as they have yet to strengthen the squad this summer.
The progress made under Mauricio Pochettino has been breathtaking and his team look capable of winning trophies in the next couple of seasons, but unless the club breaks their current wage ceiling they will surely lose their best players over time. Such an event would surely also leave Pochettino wondering if he can achieve what he wants to at Tottenham.
Rose's decision to speak to a national newspaper on the eve of the season was misguided, but only the most blinkered Spurs fan could really disagree with the crux of what he said. Tottenham do underpay their players compared to other clubs and have so far weakened their squad this summer, rather than making it stronger. The priority for most footballers is to earn as much money as you can, at a club that gives you the best chance of success. At the moment Spurs don't seem able to provide either.
How seriously Pochettino views this outburst will determine Rose's future. The Argentine has displayed a zero-tolerance for any player that steps out of line, but the previous players that he's shipped out have been either fringe members of the squad - such as Andros Townsend - or in the case of Walker, have a ready-made replacement - Kieran Trippier - ready to make the step up.
Spurs have a high quality reserve left-back in Ben Davies, but unlike Trippier the Welshman is not rated as a serious alternative to Rose. The energy and pace that Rose brings to the team when fit is a vital component of Pochettino's team and it's hard to think of any replacement that wouldn't constitute a downgrade, in the short-term at least.
Rose's card may now be marked for an exit, but it's unlikely to be this summer. To lose two of your best players to rivals in the same transfer window would make Tottenham seem like a selling club, rather than one that has merely cashed out on a right-back who wasn't even first-choice by the end of last season. Selling Rose now would send out all the wrong signals, both to the remaining players Spurs want to keep and to those they wish to recruit.
The Tottenham fans might be furious with Rose right now, but by speaking out about what is clearly being said behind closed doors, he may just influence the owners to consider their stance on the level of salaries at the club and prompt them to get things moving in the transfer market.
Spurs supporters should also consider their own part in this. Rose spoke in the interview of the abuse he received when he signed a new contract in 2014, before he became a fan favourite. You shouldn't expect loyalty from players if you're unwilling to show the same respect to them when they're young and still learning their trade.