Oh how times have changed. Danny Rose, the man who started off his career with this has now seen his stock fall so far that he's not part of Tottenham's current plans. Lost in the shuffle of transfer deadline day was Rose's loan move to Sunderland. But what does this mean to the mercurial left-sided player, and how will he fit in with the Black Cats? Let's investigate.
What stands out the most is how little opportunity Rose has at left wing for Sunderland, traditionally considered Rose's best position. With rising Irish star James McClean and Adam Johnson on the roster, there seems no opportunity to Rose to find starting minutes. However, after Kieran Richardson departed Sunderland, there is a lack of depth on the wing for the Black Cats. Seb Larsson remains a strong right midfielder, but there is precious little depth besides in the wide midfield positions. If Rose impresses early and/or that trio suffers injury, Rose could find his way into some minutes.
However, if Rose wants to find minutes immediately his best chance may be at left back. The position has been wildly inconsistent so far for Sunderland, with Jack Colback, Seb Larsson, and the now-departed Richardson all playing out of position. That leaves Rose's competition as untested Blair Adams for the left back spot of more-natural fits, since Phillip Bardsley looks a long-term absence after ankle surgery.
For those who wanted Rose to develop as a left winger, this Sunderland move is likely underwhelming. But the rest of us that wanted to just see the wide player get consistent playing time at the Premiership level, the move is perfect. Rose should head up the Northeast side and push to start Sunderland's next game at left back. And if Rose plays up to his potential, Tottenham might just get back a Premier-league quality left back out of Rose that they have been looking for so long.
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