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English Fullback Keen On Signing For Newcastle United Permanently: Should Bruce Retain Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by The Chronicle, Danny Rose is keen on signing for Newcastle United permanently when his loan deal expires at the end of this campaign. The same source has claimed that the Tottenham Hotspur defender is eager to make his loan switch to St. James’ Park into a permanent deal despite Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s suggestions that nothing has been finalised regarding his future yet.

Rose’s Disappointing Loan Spell At Tyneside

Rose has experienced an underwhelming loan spell at Tyneside so far after struggling to perform at a high level on the left side of Steve Bruce’s defence. The English full-back has featured in 11 matches for the Magpies, but is still waiting to score or assist his first goal for them in all competitions.

Surprisingly, the 30-year-old has been solid defensively but has failed to find any consistency going forward. During his loan spell at Tyneside, Rose has averaged 2.1 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game in the Premier League this season (stats via whoscored). However, Bruce has sometimes preferred to use Javier Manquillo as a makeshift left-back over him, which shows just how underwhelming he has been at Newcastle so far.

Rose has earned 29 senior caps for the English national team, but frequent injuries have hampered his chances at the international stage. Maybe a permanent switch to St. James’ Park could offer him more first-team opportunities next season which could help him reinvent himself so that he can stake a claim for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Danny Rose keen on signing for Newcastle United permanently (Rose is seen in the photo)
Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (R) tangles with Newcastle United’s English defender Danny Rose (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on July 8, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The English Defender Bring To The Table?

Rose has lost a yard of pace from his game over the past few seasons, but he can still use his quickness to make some driving runs with the ball down the left flank. He is not shy of getting in stuck in with a few tackles and can position himself well to pull off some vital last-gasp clearances for his side. However, the English full-back is not the same attacking threat he had been a few years back, but can still serve as a useful squad player for Newcastle.

Should The Magpies Retain Rose’s Services Beyond This Summer?

At the moment, Rose doesn’t seem like a good option for the Tyneside giants as he has not shown any signs of improvement during this campaign. However, if Bruce is only planning to use him sporadically in the coming seasons, then it makes sense for him to consider orchestrating a permanent move for the left-back’s services this summer.

At 30, Rose might still have a few good years left in his locker which the Magpies could look to benefit from over the next few seasons. However, he won’t be a permanent fix to their full-back problems, so Bruce will be better off opting for someone who will be more reliable than Rose when the transfer window reopens later this month.

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