After a summer of big spending, Tottenham have made a very positive start to the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. However, the Daily Mail report that Spurs are interested in Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao.
However, after an impressive pre-season and loan with Sunderland, Villas-Boas has entrusted Danny Rose in the Tottenham starting XI. The 23-year-old has already played in four of his side’s opening five league fixtures, having missed Sunday’s game versus Cardiff due to an ankle injury.
It’s clear to see he has matured considerably since his loan-spell at Sunderland. His transition from winger to left back over the past few seasons has been extremely smooth and he now has the potential to cement a permanent place in the Spurs starting line-up.
When comparing the two full-backs, Coentrao slightly outperformed Danny Rose last season, however he is yet to play for Madrid this campaign. The graph below shows a comparison between the two player’s form.
Both players have a similar style of play. Not only can they defend but they offer substantial support in attack. Last-term, Rose completed a fantastic 55/63 tackles – a success rate of 87%. He also made 76 clearances, 73 interceptions and 10 blocks. This compares to Coentrao’s tackle success rate of 84% (38/45). In 17 La Liga appearances he made 71 clearances, 32 interceptions and 10 blocks. Rose enjoyed more playing time last season and, as a result, he enjoyed a more fruitful campaign in terms of defensive duels.
When going forward Coentrao brings much more to the table than Rose. The Real Madrid man showed a more creative side to his play last season completing 84% of the passes that he attempted. He created a total of 12 chances and assisted one goal, this came in a 2-2 draw versus Espanyol. Having played 27 games for Sunderland, Rose contributed 1 goals and 11 key passes. On top of this, he registered an inferior passing accuracy to Coentrao (77%).
Despite these statistics, we have to consider the attacking talent the club already possesses. Spurs’ no longer need firepower going forward with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado at the club. Defence should now be the main focus and Rose can provide this.
Danny Rose offers bags of potential and what’s more, he is English. Fabio Coentrao would offer decent competition for the young English full-back, a prospect that he has welcomed with open arms in previous weeks. Rose’s potential makes him worth a gamble and his current form for Spurs is extremely promising. Tottenham have a lack of cover at left-back and with that in mind the Portuguese defender would be a useful player, especially considering his Champions League experience.
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