Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Danny Rose after the defender impressed during Tottenham’s victory at Brighton on Saturday.

Rose provided the assist for the crucial second goal scored by Erik Lamela and generally did well down the left.

The 28-year-old lost his place in the team last season after giving a controversial interview in which he criticised the club’s wage structure and ambition in the transfer market.

A combination of that interview and his struggles to recover from a long-term knee injury saw Ben Davies emerge as Spurs’ first-choice left-back.

But Rose didn’t leave the Londoners as expected over the summer and is now being rotated with Davies once again.

And Crooks, writing in his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport, has expressed his delight at seeing Rose back to something near his best.

“Just when I was starting to get concerned, Spurs stop the rot and pull a win out of the bag,” Crooks wrote.

“Danny Rose has also stopped this talk about leaving the club and started looking like a full-back with purpose again.

“When he is on his game this lad is an outstanding performer, and against Brighton he produced the perfect ball for Erik Lamela to smash home the winner.”

Both Davies and Rose have been inconsistent so far this term, but Rose’s performance on Saturday has arguably seen him edge ahead of his positional rival in the pecking order.

It will be interesting to see who starts against Watford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.



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