Manager admits player was surplus to requirements at Tottenham

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Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has urged Danny Rose to silence the doubters as he looks to get his season back on track.

The left-back made the move to Tyneside on a loan deal for the remainder of the campaign after finding regular football hard to come by at Tottenham Hotspur.

Rose claimed last week that Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho had not given him the same opportunity to prove himself as other defenders within the squad at the Champions League finalists (BBC).

The 29-year-old only made five appearances under the Portuguese compared to the 16 he made under Pochettino earlier in the season.

Mourinho defended his decision in yesterday’s press conference when he rejected Rose’s claims by pointing out that he started big games under him (Daily Mail).

Bruce admitted that Rose’s situation was not ideal during the last few weeks at Tottenham and now revealed his aim to secure a place in the England squad ahead of Euro 2020.

“I think it was common knowledge that things weren’t hunky-dory two or three weeks before. You’re always monitoring a situation like that,” Bruce told Herald Scotland.

“There’s probably one or two at every club – there’s [Jack] Colback and [Henri] Saivet here, for example. You monitor it.

“What helped enormously was Danny being a northern lad, and he wants to play. It became very easy. The player was surplus to requirements at Tottenham.

“It wasn’t as difficult as [Inter Milan winger Valentino] Lazaro, where we have to beat off eight or 10 [clubs]. Danny wanted to be here and that helped.

“I hope that he’s been one of the better ones of the transfer window. He wants to play. He wants to get in the England team. He’s been no problem at all. He’s fitted in well. He’s trained well and worked hard.”

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