Talking Points: Danny Rose

Our next ‘Talking Points’ article features our loan signing of England international, Danny Rose.

Making the Move

Following the lengthy injury sustained by our previous loanee full-back, Jetro Willems, Newcastle again dipped into the loan market for a left sided fullback.

The former England international lost his starting place among the Tottenham squad when Jose Mourinho took over the reigns from Mauricio Pochettino.

The fullback stated that he opted to join the North East club for two main reasons. Firstly, it was the opportunity for him to continue adding playing minutes under his belt, hoping to aid his case in reigniting his England career. Before the current pandemic arose, the fullback was desperate to regain his starting place in Gareth Southgate’s team for Euro 2020. Secondly, Rose highlighted the unique atmosphere that St James Park creates, being the hub of the city, and packing in 52,000 passionate Magpies week in week out as a reason which drew him to the club.

Settling in at St James Park

Danny Rose is no stranger to the North East, unfortunately for him enduring a loan spell at the Stadium of Light in the 2012/13 season.

Danny Rose playing for Sunderland in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season

Since returning to the North East, Rose had made a steady start to life in black and white. Admittedly he has looked to be lacking in match sharpness, and personal fitness, however he has still had a positive impact on our squad.

The experience he possesses has often helped him out when he has been found slightly out of place or lacking an inch of pace. For example, I specifically remember the game against Burnley when Rose repeatedly used the dark arts side of the game to keep out the Clarets’ front line, nudging opponents as they jumped for headers, and cuttint off runs when they were offering support to the attack.

There is no doubt Rose is entering the final stages of his career, but I believe he still possess great defending ability and offers a calming presence on the left of our backline. There is no doubt the experience he holds could play an important role, especially training each day with our younger squad players. The heights of his career could also act as motivation to current youngsters such as the Longstaff brothers, whilst his calming nature can help to keep emotions grounded.

Danny Rose celebrating with his Totthenham teammates after completing a dramatic comeback against Ajax to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League Final

The Future

I would like to see Danny Rose back in black and white next season. If there was a choice between Rose and Willems, I would however opt for Willems.

I believe Rose has the greater experience, and perhaps also better defensively, however if I had to pick it would be the younger Dutchman who I would prefer to see back in Tyneside. I feel Rose does not offer enough in attack for our side, and with a lack of creativity among our team, being able to use fullbacks as an attacking outlet would be a prominent reason for opting for Willems. This opinion was also matched by you, with 89% of you choosing Willems over Rose, if you had to choose.

Of course in an ideal world we would see both of the fullbacks next campaign, however in the current situiation I would prefer to see Willems return, with addiotnal funds being used to bolster other positions in our squad.

With that being said, Rose does appear to be a very likeable character, and his opportunities to continue playing in the Premier League would not end if Newcastle opted against signing the Englishman.

I wish Rose well, and of course would like to see him take a place in Southgate’s three lions soon.

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