Danny Rose is the toast of football today. The Tottenham Hotspur left-back has been universally praised for his comments in the press this week. The England international spoke candidly about his battle with depression and racism in the world of football.
The 27-year-old deserves plenty of praise for candour and fans will likely greet him with warm cheers tonight when England take on Costa Rica.
For Leeds United fans it is a chance to see something happening they thought they never might.
Because Rose will line up on the left in white at Elland Road for the first time. That is of course despite the fact he spent his formative years at Thorp Arch.
The Doncaster-born star came through the academy at Leeds United but never played a single minute for the club. He sat on the bench for a League Cup tie with Barnet in September 2006 but less than 12 months later he had left the club.
With Leeds relegated to League One and subsequently placed into administration, he was sold on to make some much-needed cash for the West Yorkshire club.
He joined Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth around £1 million in June 2007. He has since gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s top left-backs and for Leeds fans is just one of many examples of what might have been. Just last December he was commanding a price-tag of £50 million, according to The Mirror.
Any locals in attendance tonight will no doubt have plenty of support for their fellow Yorkshireman, especially in a week where he has been so brave in the media.
And as for Leeds United, who knows? Maybe when he is a little longer in the tooth, or if the club can return to their former glory, Rose might one day line up at Elland Road again but this time in the white of Leeds United.