Po­chet­tino de­light that Rose has blos­somed

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL - JAMES MOR­GAN

MAURI­CIO PO­CHET­TINO says Danny Rose was the first player he called when he ar­rived at Tot­ten­ham and is de­lighted the full-back is now re­pay­ing his faith.

Rose scored the win­ner as Po­chet­tino’s side came from be­hind to beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane, a vic­tory that re­duces the gap be­tween Spurs and league lead­ers Le­ices­ter cITY back to two points.

For a long time it looked like Swansea would pull off a sur­prise win in north Lon­don as Al­berto Paloschi gave the vis­i­tors a sur­prise early lead and then Lukasz Fabi­an­ski frus­trated Tot­ten­ham with a num­ber of ex­cel­lent saves.

Sub­sti­tute Nacer Chadli, how­ever, equalised in the 70th minute and seven min­utes later Rose drove a loose ball home to keep his team’s ti­tle charge on track.

The 25-year-old has en­joyed an im­pres­sive sea­son un­der Po­chet­tino but his Spurs fu­ture was far from cer­tain when the Ar­gen­tine ar­rived, af­ter the new head coach made fel­low left-back Ben Davies one of his first sign­ings in the sum­mer of 2014.

“We ar­rived 21 months ago and the first meet­ing I have with a Tot­ten­ham player was with him,” Po­chet­tino said.

“They were on hol­i­day and I called him to come to my of­fice. I was happy and pleased to give him the op­por­tu­nity to stay here and work with us.

“It is true we are very happy with how he is show­ing qual­ity and help­ing the team.

“It was maybe dif­fi­cult from the be­gin­ning when we ar­rived but I am very happy for him. The crowd were singing his name.

“When any man­ager ar­rives at a new club al­ways the player needs to know the idea”

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