Last season was a difficult one for Tottenham’s Danny Rose, as he dropped out of the Spurs team following a row over his contract whilst injuries hit him and his form hard.
This year though, he is back and appears to be rebuilding his game to be as threatening on the left and as strong in defence as he was at his peak.
He was again linked with a move away this summer but stayed put in north London, rapidly taking advantage of Ben Davies’ shaky start to the season to re-establish himself in the team.
With Mauricio Pochettino’s backing, he is a new man. Bursting into the box at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, he showed the kind of clinical edge that disappeared from his game last season.
Beginning with winning a penalty, Rose is gradually becoming the left-back that became an undisputed first choice for both club and country.
The challenge for him now will be to maintain this level of quality on a regular basis and build up consistency which has evaded him for years.