Not for the first time in Danny Rose’s Tottenham career, the left-back looked set for the exit door this summer.
The England international angered Mauricio Pochettino before the start of last season with his controversial comments about the club’s transfer activity.
Ben Davies jumped ahead of him in the pecking order and after the Welshman established himself as first choice, Rose looked set to leave north London during the summer transfer window.
But Pochettino has now reportedly changed his mind about the defender, and he is set to remain at the club after the January transfer window.
Davies is a more solid defender than Rose, but simply does not offer the same attacking thrust as the Englishman.
That is especially important if Pochettino decides to play three at the back, when the emphasis is really on the wing-backs to bomb forward.
It is understandable that the Argentine would not be happy with Rose after his comments last season but after his performance level returned to what it was previously, he would be cutting off his nose to spite his face by still selling Rose now.
Rose still has a role to play at Spurs and Pochettino deserves credit for that being the case; as well as being prepared to swallow his pride and offer up a second chance.