Manchester City Eye This Dazzling English International: A Smart Move By Pep?

Not much is going right for London outfit Tottenham Hotspur as they are yet to make any additions to their first team and are on the verge of losing yet another first team full-back this summer. Spurs lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City already this summer but their first choice left-back Danny Rose is now a player up for sale in the transfer market.

Or so as it seems, from his explosive interview recently. The English international is easily one of the best left-backs in the country but a lack of consistency and persistent injuries have left him with a frustrated career.

He is one of the lowest earning first team players at the club and has revealed in the interview that he is open to a move away from the club, for more than one reason. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are looking at him as an option but their neighbours Manchester City have also been linked with a move for him this summer. So is Rose an option Pep Guardiola should consider?

A product of the academy at Leeds, the 27-year old defender has represented the Three Lions at every junior level and has 12 appearances for the senior side. He joined Spurs a full 10 seasons ago but only established himself as a first team star at the club a few years ago, after four loan spells at different clubs.

He is the first choice left-back for club and country when fit and his attributes are tailor-made for the English game. Strong in the air and smart with his passing, Rose is a natural full back who can run at defenders and create chances in the final third.

Playing one-touch passes to open opponents up on the left and putting in pinpoint crosses is his strength while his ability to sit back and soak up pressure only makes him a more valuable player.

Having let the likes of Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy leave, Manchester City had to spend record amounts on a first choice left-back as they decided to bring in French beast Benjamin Mendy into the side this season. But he has no experience in the Premier League and has little backup on the bench for contingencies.

Rose solves both those problems and can even walk into the first team with his previous experience in the league. He has 135 Premier League appearances and is one of the most experienced full-backs in the league and surely, signing him will make Manchester City’s defence one of the strongest. But is he a necessity at the Etihad?

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