Is Danny Rose right to criticise Tottenham's transfer policy?
By Joe Harker
Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose has criticised the club's transfer policy in an interview that casts doubt on his future at Spurs. Rose is the subject of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, and his interview has fueled rumours that he will be on the move.
Rose said Spurs should "stop signing players you have to Google" and target better known stars. Spurs have yet to sign a player in the summer transfer window, but have sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50 million. Spurs are likely to make some signings before the transfer window closes, but funds may be limited due to the construction of their new stadium. They may also find it difficult to sign big names due to their strict wage structure, the club's highest earners are on £100,000 per week, which may not be enough to attract more renowned players.
These comments have come at the worst possible time for Spurs, reports ESPN. Spurs have been able to hang on to several of their best players despite strong interest from other clubs, and Kyle Walker was the "most easily replaceable" due to Kieran Trippier already taking his first team spot last season. But Rose's comments put great strain on the difficult situation caused by Spurs's transfer policy and wage structure. Many have thought that the club would hit breaking point as players wanted higher wages and the chance to win trophies, but Rose's criticism has made it clear that the situation cannot last.
Some of Rose's other comments have helped rumours linking Rose with a transfer away from Spurs. Rose said that he is open to playing "up north", and he would like to win trophies before the end of his career. Spurs have made recent title challenges, but have not won any trophies since 2008. Rose said: "I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me.
"Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don't want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal."
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has assured Rose that the club will be making signings, but admitted that the club were "working hard to deliver our plan". He said: "It's not easy to find the right profile but I'm sure we'll add some players in the next few weeks."
Was Danny Rose right to criticise the transfer policy at Spurs, or were his comments unprofessional for a player to make about his club?