Danny Rose was typically forthright when asked about Tottenham’s lack of summer investment and the coming January transfer window this week.
The England left-back predicted he will not get any new team-mates next month but used that as an opportunity to praise the outstanding work of Mauricio Pochettino.
There was warmth and admiration in his words that was sorely lacking when Rose gave an explosive interview on the eve of last season, calling out his club for their transfer business and threatening to leave himself.
That outburst left scars on the relationship between Rose and Pochettino to the extent that there were rumours of the defender leaving Spurs during the summer.
But Rose’s latest comments show indicate that Rose has smoothed things over with his manager, completely backing what he is trying to achieve despite the resources available to him being far less than others across the Premier League.
That underlines Pochettino’s impressive man-management skills and shows that Rose’s disruptive comments did not send shockwaves through the dressing room and cause further unrest.
The Argentine has done fantastically well to both pull Rose back into line and ensure his concerns did not derail his side’s forward progress; and Rose’s Nou Camp performance on Tuesday show how much that benefits all parties concerned.