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Tottenham look much better when Danny Rose starts

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Tottenham look much better when Danny Rose starts

Tottenham cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Cardiff City on Tuesday, as they moved up to second in the Premier League table.

Spurs were back on track with a routine win after losing to Wolves in their last fixture and are six points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Danny Rose was recalled to the starting XI by manager Mauricio Pochettino and he proved his value to the team.

The left-back has only started three of the last six league fixtures and been an unused substitute in the other three, as Pochettino tends to rotate between him and Ben Davies at full-back.

 

Welshman Davies is usually a solid option in defence, but Spurs look closer to the finished article when they start with Rose.

(Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Rose showed his defensive prowess against Cardiff by safeguarding the back post on numerous occasions and is difficult to get past one-on-one due to his express pace.

The 28-year-old is also a useful attacking force and a regular run of starts would hopefully see his final ball improve.

He is an England international that needs to be starting more games and the £60,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) certainly appears to be edging back towards his best after some bad luck with injuries.

Spurs look more balanced with Rose in the team and it will be intriguing to see if he can kick on in 2019.

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