Tottenham Hotspur’s 2017/18 season so far is best summed up with one word in my opinion – peculiar.
While watching Spurs over the past few months there seems almost a deflated aura about them, a lack of assertiveness, urgency or the killer-like instincts we have all come to associate with the north Londoners.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) January 9, 2018
An appearance of a weakened Tottenham team unity to that of only 12 months ago, an absence of belonging or the self-belief that brimmed White Hart Lane.
The temporary home of Wembley Stadium certainly has a part to play, but there also appears, from the outside, to be fractures forming in a once harmonious set up.
One large contributing factor in that is, of course, the endless enigma of Danny Rose.
It is clear to see the 27-year-old’s motives, which were made crystal clear during his summer meltdown, however the reasoning behind those are difficult to comprehend, if money is taken out of the equation.
The Tottenham left-back’s stature at what could be on course to become a European superpower, given the infrastructure, personnel and evolution currently being pieced together, was almost insurmountable.
Adoration from those who lined the stands of White Hart Lane, and even those who did not, was plentiful, and a path to success was emerging ever more gradually as time went on.
However, Tottenham defender Rose saw fit to abandon those who had offered him a seat at the top table in hope of a search for more tangible rewards.
Due to the Leeds United academy graduate’s actions his employers now find themselves in somewhat of a predicament; a choice, either way, that brings both positive aspects, as well as negative in abundance.
But there should only be one winner, and that is for Tottenham, Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino to cut their losses with the want-away troublemaker in January, in the hope of salvaging some of the uninfected qualities that the defender is yet to tarnish.
There is little surprise that following the Englishman’s comments, media frenzies continued to flourish surrounding the future of those who had taken the club to a different level, and continue to do so today.
It is not uncommon knowledge that the Lilywhites’ salaries are not of those of the oil-rich, and the mercenaries, like Rose, who see that as the pinnacle of success have no place in a club like Tottenham.