From CL Final to Tottenham U21s: Explaining The Fall of Danny Rose

Danny Rose was once touted as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League. The Englishman soared under Mauricio Pochettino’s time at Tottenham Hotspur, with the Argentine gaffer getting the very best out of him.

His career peaked when he started for Spurs in the 2018/19 Champions League final against Liverpool. It resulted in a losing effort, but at least the English left-back could say that he played in a UCL final – something not many footballers can. But it almost seems like his career peaked out after that.

In the 2019 summer transfer window, Rose tried to materialize a move for himself to a ‘bigger club’. Unfortunately, nothing happened. He ended up starting the 2019/20 season with Spurs but under poor terms. After Pochettino’s sacking later that campaign, Jose Mourinho arrived and wasn’t too fond of the left-back.

Under Mourinho, Rose only started one game – a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in October 2019. He was absolutely embarrassed by the Reds’ forwards and lost the gaffer’s confidence. In January 2020, he left Tottenham to join Newcastle United on loan.

Danny even criticized Mourinho for not giving him enough game-time and underutilizing him. He spent half the season at Newcastle, but couldn’t put in good enough performances to warrant a permanent move.

He spent the 2020/21 season on the sidelines, training on his own. Finally, at the end of that season, the Lilywhites let him leave after the expiration of his contract. Watford decided to give the Englishman another lease at life, signing him as a free agent in the 2021 summer window.

The English full-back was involved in what ended up being a relegation season for Watford, only making 8 Premier League appearances for them. Now, he’s had a disagreement with the club and is not in their plans with one year remaining on his contract.

Amid this situation, Rose decided to go back to Tottenham for some help. He asked the club to allow him to train with their U21s squad to keep his fitness levels up. The left-back was granted his wish by both the Lilywhites and Watford to do so as he tries to resolve his future.

Rose was recently pictured playing for Tottenham’s U21 side in a pre-season friendly game against non-league side Enfield Town. A modest crowd of 800+ fans turned up to watch the game, as Spurs ended up losing 2-3.

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But the future looks bleak for the former England international. Watford have no plans to play him next season in the Championship and no other club are interested to sign him from the Hornets.

Danny can only hope that he’s able to impress some scouts during his period with Spurs’ U21s and get one more opportunity to revive his career.