Bruce stressed that left back was a priority after losing both Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett to injury for the rest of the season. With Matt Ritchie recently returning from injury, the arrival of Rose will be a welcome sight to Bruce.
Rose began his career at Leeds United, the England international progressed through the ranks at Leeds. Rose left the Yorkshire club before making a first team appearance, making the move down south to join Tottenham in 2007. Rose suffered a serious knee injury in 2008 which halted his development.
Rose made his first team debut for Tottenham in January 2010, against his former club, Leeds in the FA Cup. Rose would have to wait a few months before making his Premier League debut. In April 2010, Rose was named in the starting eleven to face fierce rivals, Arsenal. Rose certainly made an impression, scoring an outrageous goal in the first ten minutes. Rose’s thunderous volley deservedly won goal of the season.
Rose had loan spells at Watford, Peterborough, Bristol City and Sunderland before cementing his place in Tottenham’s starting eleven during the 13/14 campaign, making 22 appearances in the Premier League. Rose’s impressive performances for Tottenham earned him a call up to the England squad, to date Rose has made 29 appearances for his country, including a World Cup semi-final against Croatia in 2018.
Last season Rose bravely spoke about racism in football, urging governing bodies to take more action to eradicate racism in football. It has been a tough few years for Rose, admitting in 2018 that he was suffering with depression. Rose hasn’t hidden his desire to move back up north to continue his career:
Rose and Newcastle seem to be a perfect fit. It is clear that the defender hasn’t been happy at Tottenham for some time now, a move back north will undoubtedly see his hunger for football return. Bruce is a father like figure to his players, an ideal manager for Rose.
It wasn’t that long ago that Rose had been regarded as the best left back in the country. Injuries and personal problems dented his confidence massively. A fully fit and confident Rose will be a fantastic signing for Newcastle.
Rose offers great defensive qualities as well as the ability to drive forward and supply crosses for Newcastle’s attacking players. Rose will fit perfectly in Bruce’s system.
With Euro 2020 in the summer, Rose has a fantastic opportunity to book his place in the England squad this summer. Rose could make his Newcastle debut against Norwich City on Saturday, the start of a much needed run of games for Rose, who has only featured 12 times in the Premier League this season.
It was a welcome sight to see a happy and smiling Rose during his first interview as a Newcastle player. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come for a player who is in desperate need to find happiness in football once more.
The combination of a passionate Geordie following and an enthusiastic manager will help Rose fall back in love with football again.