Danny Rose Lack of Fitness to Cost Leeds £5million

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In his pomp, there are no better left-backs in the country and all from a man who developed his skills through the Leeds United youth academy.

However, things have gone a little sour this season for the 27-year-old after making just 12 appearances for the Lilywhites all season.

Rose openly admits that his fitness is not at the level required for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s high pressing all action side.

Wales international Ben Davies has overtaken Rose as first choice left-back at Wembley this season and rumours refuse to go away that Rose will be heading for a North London exit for most of the campaign.

Reports suggested that Manchester United were keen on making a big money move for Rose with a fee of £50million mooted as current left-back Luke Shaw continues to row with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

This was great news for Leeds United as a sell-on clause put into Rose’s contract when he first signed for Spurs from the whites in 2007 meant that Leeds are entitled to 10% of the sell-on transfer fee.

That meant that if Rose had gotten his move to Old Trafford for £50million, a useful £5million would have been winging its way to Elland Road to the delight of the board.

However, due to his lack of playing time and seemingly lack of fitness, Manchester United have turned their attention Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney who would cost a reported £25million.

Wherever Rose goes, Leeds will still get that 10% and it is likely Spurs will receive well up to £20million meaning a useful windfall is still on the cards.

How much depends on Rose’s stock value and whether Gareth Southgate risks taking him to Russia for the World Cup (which looks an unlikely prospect).

With another season drawing to a close and a promising start quickly turning into nothing more than a season of mediocrity. Any unexpected revenue boost can only be a good thing especially if some of the money is used to build for next season.

With chairman Andrea Radrizzani making it clear in an interview with TalkSport at the beginning of the month that he is not happy with some of the players commitment and a big summer cull is on the cards.

Whether head coach Paul Heckingbottom is to be a part of that cull remains to be seen but three points against Bolton on Good Friday is a must.

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