The 29 cap England international is out of contract in the summer of 2021 and arrived in the North-East on a loan deal in January, having made just five appearances under new Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.
Short of options on the left side of defence after Jetro Willems’ season-ending injury, the 30-year-old was plunged into the Magpies’ starting eleven almost instantly, and he has already featured seven times in the Premier League this term under Steve Bruce.
What did he say?
Speaking to the Mirror, Rose said: “First and foremost I am playing for my future. I don’t think I need a bigger motivation than that.”
Somewhat surprisingly Rose revealed he believes: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that my days are numbered at Spurs. I am playing for my future.”
The left-back added that his ambition is to remain in the England squad for next summer’s European Championships and that he’d like to stay at St. James’ Park because he did not think Mourinho would have him back.
One eye on the future
With Tottenham’s only alternatives at left-back being Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon and Jan Vertonghen, who appears set to depart at the end of the season, it is somewhat surprising Rose has revealed he believes his days are numbered at Spurs. The excellent news for Magpies fans is that he admitted he had settled well in the North-East and it has been reflected on the pitch, averaging 0.5 more tackles per 90 minutes for Newcastle than he has for Spurs this season, along with comitting fewer fouls, as per WhoScored.
Furthermore, it has been reported that staff at the club will hold a meeting this week to plan out a transfer strategy and pre-season preparations, including discussing potential targets both permanently and on loan.
For the moment, Rose’s increased motivation of playing for both the future of his career and to remain as part of the England set-up for the delayed European Championships can be considered to Newcastle’s benefit. As Rose cited himself, there can be no more significant motivation than playing to influence a future move directly.
Since arriving mid-season the left-back has adapted seamlessly to the demands of the Newcastle squad, and only Javier Manquillo has produced a higher number of tackles per 90 minutes, 2.1. With Willems out, the left side of defence could have been a crucial weakness for the remainder of Newcastle’s season; instead, the addition of Rose has suited both party’s perfectly allowing him to play for his future while plugging the Magpies’ gap in defence.