The last three seasons for Danny Rose have been nothing but calamitous: from his infamous falling out under Jose Mourinho (and widely in the spotlight due to Amazon series All or Nothing) to being frozen out of the Spurs squad altogether last season, to now disappointing at Vicarage Road, the 29-time-capped former England international team player might see the time on his playing career swiftly coming to an end.
Danny Rose Drama at Watford
Poor Start to Season and Replacement Already Bought
Since joining Watford as a free agent in the summer transfer window, the left-back has appeared out of shape (especially for a high-pressing Claudio Ranieri side) and has not shown signs of the old version of him which broke into two successive Premier League Team of the Seasons. According to Sky Sports, Rose has been told he will not feature for Watford for the rest of the campaign.
In his eight Premier League appearances this season, Watford have picked up just four points and conceded 16 times. His poor performance against Manchester City, when he showed Bernardo Silva onto his preferred left foot to lead to the league leader’s third goal of the match, epitomises his time in Hertfordshire.
The Hornets addressed this season’s left-back struggles by signing Hassane Kamara from OGC Nice, a player who is likely to immediately slot into the starting line-up.
Danny Rose in Similar Controversy as Before
Watford are permitting Rose to leave this transfer window, but sources claim the 31-year-old is hesitant to leave and the Hornets will not force him to do so. He still has one-and-a-half years left on his contract.
His entire 2020/21 season with Tottenham was spent out of the first team, with his only action coming with their U23 side. With the Hornets needing to name a 25-man squad at the end of the transfer window, with both Kamara and Adam Masina as left-back options, it is likely Rose will be omitted entirely. Thus, he will probably find himself out of senior football for the rest of this season, and who knows what will happen next campaign.
His attempt to rediscover his form of old at Vicarage Road made sense for all parties involved at the time. Unfortunately for both, the gamble that Rose would be able to find his best did not pay off. Only time will tell where Rose’s future lies, whether it be in a coaching role or one final opportunity as a player elsewhere.