England U21 star has been a huge success in the North East this season.
Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio says that the struggling Premier League club are desperate to keep hold of on-loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose beyond the end of this season, reports the Shields Gazette.
England Under-21 international Rose has only been in the North East on a season-long loan after new Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas had deemed that the player would be better served playing first-team football in the Premier League this campaign, as opposed to warming the substitutes’ bench in north London.
As a result, the 22-year-old temporarily moved to the Stadium of Light, with his loan spell due to end after Sunderland’s critical home encounter with fellow strugglers Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Rose has featured in 28 matches in total in all competitions to date for Sunderland, even managing to find the back of the net on one occasion in the top flight.
But, it is that kind of consistent form from the left back cum left midfield player that means Spurs are now more than likely to utilise the player at White Hart Lane next season.
“He’s our player at the moment. Sunday will be his last game and then we will see. I don’t want to talk about the future because we have to focus on the next game,” said Di Canio.
“In my opinion, he can improve a lot defensively. He’s an attacking-minded left-back, but he has to improve a lot defensively.
“He’s got a great future in front of him. He’s a powerful guy. The strength and elasticity he’s got mean he can run forward with the ball and beat people easily.
“It’s obvious he can play at the top level, but everybody has to improve.
“People have to realise there are two phases in the game – possession ball and non-possession ball. It’s crucial to be good in both situations.
“I don’t want to say he’s not very good when we’re not in possession of the ball, but he can improve a lot. He can improve the timing of his tackling and he needs to learn when and how to be aggressive.
“But everybody can improve, and he’s only 22.
“It’s easy to talk about his quality, but if we don’t tell him he has to improve, he’s probably never going to.”