Kevin Nolan believes that Newcastle United pulled off an inspired bit of business in the January transfer window by signing Danny Rose on loan from Tottenham.
The Magpies managed to secure a deal to take the 29-year-old on loan for the rest of the season.
Steve Bruce’s side lost injured loanee star Jetro Willems to injury for the rest of the season, which did leave a big gap in their squad at left-back.
But Rose has now arrived at St James’ Park to fill the position and looks set to slot into a left wing-back role.
He may have fallen out of favour with Spurs in recent times, but he’s played in a Champions League final and a World Cup semi-final within the last couple of years.
The England international was considered one of the best full-backs in the Premier League not too long ago and aged 29 shouldn’t be finished yet.
Ex-Newcastle player Nolan is convinced that Rose is a quality addition to the squad and expects him to do well.
“It’s fantastic. You’ve got a lad who is trying to prove himself to make sure he’s in the Euro squad for the summer and he just fits into the system what they are playing perfect. Fantastic signing for Steve Bruce, hopefully he shines and keeps Newcastle going in the right direction,” Nolan told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
Rose looks like the type of player that will improve the Newcastle XI if he gets back to anywhere near his best form and a change of scenery should help him, as a number of players in the Spurs squad had gone stale after a long journey under their former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The full-back has the pace and energy to really suit the Newcastle system, as they always use wing-backs in their formation.
Rose is surely in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the England squad in the summer’s European Championship and he can cement a spot if he does well on loan during his spell on Tyneside.