As Danny Rose continued to get a prolonged run out in the side during last week’s Barclay’s Asia Trophy matches, regular left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto waited patiently on the sidelines as his deputy took the opportunity to stake a claim for a regular first team place.
Criticism of Danny has always been placed on his defending but the attacking side of his play came to the fore in Saturday’s final against South China FC as his first half cross was turned in by a defender for the first goal before an excellent through ball in the second period allow Jermain Defoe to run through and score.
Andre Villas-Boas had previously declared that Rose would very much be a part of the squad at White Hart Lane this season.
“He had an excellent season last year,” said AVB last week.
“He is one of those players that we want for our future.
“It is one of those cases where a loan has worked out extremely well for him and he will definitely be part of our squad this season.”
It’s debatable as to how much you can read into pre-season but with Danny starting and BAE on the bench, the links to clubs such as West Ham and Liverpool have followed this weekend. So is Benny’s time really up?