Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed today that parent club Spurs have the option to recall left back Danny Rose when the transfer window re-opens in January. Regular left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been on the sidelines at White Hart Lane for several weeks but as he nears full fitness, O’Neill expects Rose to stay in the north east until the end of the season at least.
“I think Tottenham are happy he’s plying his trade here and I think Assou-Ekotto is coming into fitness now, so while they have the ability to recall him in January, they might feel they are well enough stocked now,” The Mackems boss is quoted as saying in the Sunderland Echo.
“Danny has improved immensely since he arrived and I think there’s a bit more to come as well. He’s got a bit of confidence now.”
Rose may still be working on his defensive play but O’Neill feels he is more comfortable with his overall game.
“When he first got here I think he was conscious of avoiding making too many mistakes. That was his focus,” he added.
“But he’s playing with a bit more freedom now. Initially he was happy just to give the ball to someone in front of him, but now he’s looking to make things happen himself and he’s doing very well.”
Tottenham are likely to turn down the option to recall Danny but the injury to BAE has highlighted a lack of cover at left back. AVB may, alternatively choose to take a fresh look at a player who can also cover Bale further up the left side.