Tottenham’s Danny Rose has a great future, says Paolo Di Canio
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio believes Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has a "great future" ahead of him
Paolo Di Canio has tipped Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose to have a “great future” after an impressive season on loan at Sunderland.
The England Under-21 international, who can count himself unlucky to miss out on a PFA young player of the year nomination, has scored once and made one assist in 28 appearances for Sunderland.
The 22-year-old has been one of the club’s standout performers despite a difficult campaign for the Stadium of Light outfit and the defender recently expressed his interest in a permanent move to Wearside.
While Di Canio didn’t allude to a possible deal for Rose, the Italian has been impressed by the full-back since replacing Martin O’Neill at the Stadium of Light in March.
“He’s got a great future in front of him,” said Di Canio. “He’s a powerful guy. The strength and elasticity he’s got mean he can run forward with the ball and beat people easily.
“It’s obvious he can play at the top level, but everybody has to improve.
“In my opinion, he can improve a lot defensively. He’s an attacking-minded left-back, but he has to improve a lot defensively.
“People have to realise there are two phases in the game – possession ball and non-possession ball. It’s crucial to be good in both situations.
“I don’t want to say he’s not very good when we’re not in possession of the ball, but he can improve a lot. He can improve the timing of his tackling and he needs to learn when and how to be aggressive.
“But everybody can improve, and he’s only 22.
“It’s easy to talk about his quality, but if we don’t tell him he has to improve, he’s probably never going to.”