Forget Alderweireld: Pochettino must solve this Tottenham defender’s future

While there have been many column inches dedicated to the uncertain future of Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, one of his defensive team-mates’ role at the club is also a priority for Mauricio Pochettino to solve this summer.

Danny Rose has become a divisive character that has forged contrasting feelings among the Spurs fans over the last 12 months – as such it will be interesting to see what the next year holds for the England international left-back.

The Tottenham defender caused a stir in the lead-up to the 2017-18 season by speaking out of turn, suggesting he wanted a move back to the North of England, but it remains to be seen whether he will get that wish this summer.

A good World Cup could put Rose back in the transfer spotlight, but at the minute it is hard to see just which leading Premier League club would spend the required fee to tempt Spurs to sell him after an injury ravaged campaign.

Pochettino has preferred Ben Davies in the Tottenham starting XI over the last 12 months and with the Welshman excelling, Rose’s absence has not really been felt.

Ahead of next season, it will be interesting to see whether the Spurs boss still believes the defender is part of his plans and whether Rose himself is willing to fight for his place in the team.

However, with the outspoken full-back clearly having the potential to upset the collective apple cart if things are not going his way, it may be time for Tottenham to part company with the long-serving star if a suitable buyer can be found.