As far as I can see, most people here would be happy to see Spurs return to a more orthodox 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 system as a means of going back to basics and helping the squad to get it's shape, rhythm and form back. With that in mind, I'd like to make the bold and possibly mad suggestion that Danny Rose might be the missing link that could prop up the formations we are more comfortable with and help Spurs to play, you know, more like Spurs. In order to make sure everyone else plays in their correct positions, we could employ Rose as a right winger, allowing Bale to return to the left, Modric to move to midfield, and van der Vaart or Defoe to partner Adebayor up front. As Rose is left-footed, he would be tasked with cutting in and attempting to score or create chances from the edge of box rather than racing to the byline and delivering killer crosses.
In many ways I know this proposal might sound utterly daft. Besides the fact that Rose is a left-winger who's been tasked more and more with filling in as a left-back, there's also the small matter of his relative lack of experience and the fact his stats for recent displays have been less than impressive for a side that's trying to find away to regain it's hold on the third spot in the Premier League. Why gamble on Rose now when laying van der Vaart or Kranjcar on the right provides a more dependable and tested solution? Well, I think there's more than a few factors that have to be considered before including Rose is dismissed as a tactical troubleshooting strategy. First of all, there's the fact that his extremely aggressive attcking style makes him a better fit standing in for Lennon than Kranjcar or van der Vaart, and would help to restore some of the directness and counter-attacking bite that we've lost out wide in recent months. Equally, however, the fact that he's been subbing as a defender recently means he'll be likely to track back and help the defence perhaps more than Lennon himself, thus creating cover for the forays of Kyle Walker. In short, he'd let us keep our more traditional shape while bringing a little extra bite to our attacks. Crazy? Probably. At this point in time though I'd be willing to try anything and, hey, it's more sane than employing Bale or Mod there in any case.