Danny Rose believes he never received a fair chance under former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, the
Rose spent last season on loan at Sunderland but is expected to start the new campaign as Spurs’ first-choice left-back, having featured more often in the position on pre-season than the incumbent, Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rose added that he has been given more of an opportunity under Redknapp’s successor, Andre Villas-Boas.
“In the past I’ve never been able to compete fairly with Benoit,” Rose said. “Benoit’s been outstanding for the last three or four years, but now we’ve got a manager who treats people fairly, and he’s not afraid to drop people if they’re not performing, so I hope that can work well for me this season.”
Rose has been a Tottenham player since leaving Leeds United in 2007 but has made fewer than 30 appearances for the club, spending time on loan at Watford, Peterborough and Bristol City, as well as with Sunderland. But the 23-year-old is now competing for a first team place, he says, and credits the work ethic Villas-Boas has brought to the club with giving him his chance.
“It’s not nice when you train hard every day and people are allowed to sack off training and still be in the starting XI. Sometimes it’s the name on the back of the shirt as well,” Rose continued.
“I wouldn’t be going on loan again,” he added. “If I wasn’t playing then a loan’s not an option for me now. I love the lads, and I love the fans, so Tottenham is where I want to stay, but if I don’t play regularly then I’m not going to be happy, just like anyone else.”
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