Former Aston Villa player blasts Tottenham’s ‘shocking decision’ in the transfer market

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Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has questioned the logic behind Tottenham’s decision to sent Danny Rose out on loan and keep Ben Davies at the club.

Rose reportedly had a falling out with Jose Mourinho in January (Daily Mail) and was loaned out to Newcastle until the end of the season.

The left-back has been in fine form for Magpies since the restart and is slowly showing signs of returning to his old self.

Daniel Levy was reportedly desperate to include an obligation to buy in Newcastle’s loan deal for Rose but Steve Bruce’s men were not keen on such a clause (The Athletic).

Davies has been made the left-back position at Tottenham his own, with Jose Mourinho claiming that the Welshman has the perfect attributes to play at left-back in his hybrid back three/back system (Football.London).

Agbonlahor claimed that it is not a lack of transfer spending that has cost Spurs but rather the bad decisions they have made, such as to one to loan Rose out.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England striker said: “As Spurs fans, I see your frustration, but Spurs have spent money.

“[Tanguy] Ndombele, it hasn’t worked, he hasn’t been good enough. We talk about [Giovani] Lo Celso, he’s a decent player, but is he going to get you to where Spurs want to go? Not really.

“Look at the defence against Sheffield United – [Serge] Aurier, [Eric] Dier, [Davinson] Sanchez, Davies, it’s just not good enough.

“For me, letting Danny Rose go and playing Davies is one of the most shocking decisions you’ll see because Danny Rose is still one of the best full-backs in the league.

“So, for me, Spurs have spent money, but they’ve not spent wisely like Man United and Liverpool have.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Based on Agbonlahor’s comments on Rose and Lo Celso, I doubt if the former Aston Villa man has seen us play more than a couple of times this season. It is clear that Rose needed a change as he was quite poor for a couple of years before being eventually loaned out.

The role of a left-back in the system Mourinho employs is to play almost as a left-sided centre half, rather than as a wing-back who gets up and down the pitch all game. I believe Davies is a much better fit for that role than Rose is.

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  1. Rose became a trouble maker in the past 3 years, even when the club looked after him
    throughout a season long injury. We should have let him go much earlier, and the
    mistake was not to sell him for a big fee but, later, no one wanted to pay what they would have
    paid at the end of 2016/17 (ie the same price as Walker ..£50m).
    A far worse decision by Levy/Poch was selling Trippier before we’d properly replaced him.
    He had one under-achieving season, but that was still better than the whole time Aurier has
    spent with us. To rub it in, Aurier cost us more than what we got for Tripps!
    Finally, lots of mistakes (not buying at the end of the 2017/18 season, allowing our great centre
    backs to age without proper replacement, not getting genuine cover for Kane, buying Ndombele
    when we could have had Bruno Fernandes for the same amount, not persuading Eriksen to
    take a new contract with a clause allowing him to leave, meaning we got no real tranfer fee for a world
    class footballer, and not addressing the decline of our once world class wing back play) have cost
    us hugely in the past 3 years, despite the glorious run to the CL Final.


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