In Profile: Danny Rose

By: Watford FC Staff

Following Danny Rose's arrival at Vicarage Road, here's all you need to know about the new Hornet...

Danny Rose joins Watford off the back of 14 years with Tottenham Hotspur, in which time he played amongst Europe’s elite in Champions League and Europa League competition.

He was a mainstay in Tottenham’s 2018/19 Champions League final campaign, starting in both legs of the semi-final and the final against Liverpool. The consistency of his performances did not go unnoticed, as he made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in back-to-back seasons, 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The 30-year-old, born in Doncaster, started his career at Leeds United before then-Tottenham boss Martin Jol signed Rose for the North London outfit in 2007, aged 17. He would go on to spend the next two-and-a-half years out on loan, with one spell at Vicarage Road.

The youngster made seven appearances during his stint at Brendan Rodgers’ Hornets in 2009, notably scoring an unfortunate long-range own goal, lobbing goalkeeper Scott Loach in a defeat to Norwich City.

He returned to Tottenham following another loan with Peterborough United and was given an opportunity to play for Spurs for the first time in the North London derby against Arsenal.

A Premier League debut against your club’s bitter rivals may be considered too tough a test for a 19-year-old, but when Rose struck a thunderous volley into the top corner from 30 yards after just 10 minutes, it became apparent he was up to the task.

The strike won Tottenham’s Goal of the Season award and is a moment still fondly remembered by Spurs fans and neutrals today.

A season on loan at Sunderland provided the opportunity to gain first-team experience, and he returned to White Hart Lane ready to establish himself in the starting XI.

The left-back, who originally occupied a left-winger role before filling in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto in defence, had started to gain a foothold in the top-flight and was rarely absent from the backline in the mid-2010s.

His defensive ability, coupled with a tendency to burst forward and contribute to attacks has made Rose stand out amongst the best in his position in England over the past 10 years.

His stock continued to rise with the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino in North London, as Rose developed his game even further under the Argentine. He caught the attention of then-England manager Roy Hodgson, and later Gareth Southgate, who called him up as first-choice left-back for a number of years, including during Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.

He sealed a loan move to Newcastle United in 2020, making 13 appearances for the Magpies.

Not registered in Tottenham’s first-team squad for the 2020/21 season, Rose used his experience to help the Under-23s while training with the club's youngsters, becoming a mentor figure.

Upon his departure this summer, he received messages of praise from those who learned from him in the squad.

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