Pundit Martin Keown has stated that Danny Rose’s absence for Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday is a huge blow.

The England international defender was booked in the 3-2 victory over West Ham United last weekend, which was his fifth caution of the season and means he will sit out the Stamford Bridge game through suspension.

Rose has made the left-back slot his own at White Hart Lane and has improved markedly since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino.

Keown believes that the former Leeds United starlet’s omission will rob Spurs of some of their attacking impetus and could play a role in Chelsea recording another victory over their London rivals on home soil.

“The suspension of Danny Rose for this clash is a huge blow for Mauricio Pochettino,” he wrote in The Daily Mail.

“Tottenham’s pace comes from their full backs so they go to Stamford Bridge lacking 50 per cent of their firepower.

“Rose was so good against Arsenal three weeks ago as Spurs played with three at the back. Unless Pochettino springs a surprise and opts for Dele Alli or Son Heung-min at wing back, Tottenham will have to settle for a back four with Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer in the middle and centre back Jan Vertonghen on the left.

“Chelsea look strong favourites to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Tottenham. They have home advantage, are in fantastic form and had the benefit of not playing in Europe in midweek.”

Tottenham are the Premier League’s only unbeaten team in 2016-17 but have been in stuttering form of late, which included elimination from the Champions League in midweek after a loss to Monaco.

Chelsea on the other hand are the division’s form team and have won their last six consecutive games without conceding a goal.



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