Mauricio Pochettino has urged Danny Rose to spend less energy on overthinking things to avoid a “dangerous situation” for the Tottenham defender.
Rose appeared to fall out favour at Spurs at the beginning of last season after giving a questionable interview in which he criticised the club’s transfer dealings and wage policy.
Since then, he has fully recovered from a knee injury and seems to be a key member of Pochettino’s squad once again, starting in the last three games against Barcelona, Burnley and Arsenal.
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s north London derby win over the Gunners in the EFL Cup, Rose endeared himself to the Tottenham fans by mocking Arsenal’s players for their celebrations after beating Spurs earlier this month.
But Pochettino has revealed the reality of managing Rose remains difficult at times.
“There’s no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality. He’s a great player,” Pochettino told the London Evening Standard.
“But like all players with quality, he needs to be focused on his job – focus, train and care about yourself and don’t think too much.
“I’m always saying, ‘Danny – hey, you’re thinking too much, you need to stop, work and deliver the job we want!’ When he arrives at the training ground, he asks, ‘What are we going to do? Laps, a training session, a tactical session? Gym or no gym? Shower or no shower? Eat or not eat?’ Stop, relax!
“We think for him, but sometimes he tries to think for us. We’ve said, ‘Danny, you spend too much energy in thinking about everything. You need to stop. When you drive home, you can start to think again.
“He spends too much energy and then he doesn’t have energy for what he needs to do. And that is a dangerous situation.”
Rose remains Tottenham’s most effective left-back when fully fit, as he has proven in recent matches with Ben Davies playing at centre-back.
However, we think Rose will be given a rest against Everton – check out our full predicted XI here.