Danny Rose’s frankly bizarre interview with the BBC generated a mixed response.
Flat Earthers declared ‘nothing to see here’ whereas those of us who read all the quotes verbatim were left more than somewhat irked by the 26 year old’s frankness.
“There is only so much the club can do. A lot of it has got to be down to the individual.
“Someone like Harry Kane, I can tell you that his mindset will be ‘I’m staying at Tottenham, I’m going to break every single record, I’m going to captain this club into the new stadium’ so when you’ve got a player like him with that mindset I don’t think Tottenham have to worry.
“But it depends where the individual is in the stage of his career. He might feel he has done enough at Tottenham and might fancy a change or might feel Tottenham is the nearly club that nearly wins the league and might choose to move on.”
Gladys took me by surprise (her usual modus operandi, I might add) when we were discussing the looming Bonzo exit, as per a recent blog, Spurs would look for record breaking money for not just Walker, but Rose too.
Each player is priced at £56.2million.
It is therefore clear that Rose’s cosy and revealing conversation with BBC 5 Live wasn’t unreflective of his current mindset.
Few players are cast in the Harry Kane mould and can be rationally expected to be a ‘one man club’. Rose obviously falls into the more common category of players who too fussed who they play for, just as long as oodles of cash and appropriate levels of status are achieved.
Perhaps there’s absolutely nothing at all in this.
In which case, Walker is staying, Rose is staying and Rose’s verbatim quotes have been fiendishly doctored and he didn’t say:
“I was told a few months ago these next two or three windows are going to be the ones where full-backs are going to go for a lot of money so we’ll see. There is only so much the club can do; a lot of it has got to be down to the individual.”
“But it depends where the individual is in the stage of his career. He might feel he has done enough at Tottenham and might fancy a change or might feel Tottenham is the nearly club that nearly wins the league and might choose to move on.
“The club can only try and make a player see that they are going in the right direction and ‘if you stick with us it won’t be long before we are winning something’.”
These extensive player quotes plus the club evaluating the value of players smacks less of building for the future, but more of wheels within wheels and contingency plans.