Jose Mourinho raised eyebrows yet again today as he left Danny Rose out of the matchday squad for the fourth time in a row while taking on Southampton in the FA Cup.
While the Special One named Ryan Sessegnon against Norwich City in mid-week, he went for the right-footed academy central defender Japhet Tanganga today.
This comes after there were reports that Rose and Mourinho had fallen out in training after the head coach failed to select the left-back for games (Daily Mail).
However, Mourinho denied these reports and claimed that he had no problem with Rose, who is Tottenham current longest-serving senior player (Sky Sports).
Rose has just 18 months left on his contract in North London and there are still five days left in the January transfer window.
Jose Mourinho has now revealed that Rose is not injured and that the England international was only left out today due to performances and Jose’s analysis.
On whether Rose will be at Spurs in February, Mourinho said (Football London): “I don’t know. I don’t know. Not injured [today]. My decision.”
On why he dropped him again, he added: “My decision is based on performance and based on my analysis. Nothing else really. We have Ben Davies left-back injured for a long time. We have Danny, Japhet, who is not a left-back but is very solid and very concentrated and very difficult for him to make a mistake, even when playing against opposition in a position that is not his position, and Ryan is a 19-year-old kid who is learning how to defend and of course his natural appetite is to be offensive. So we have four options and it’s my decision.”
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