Exclusive: Danny Mills blasts Tottenham star making bad first impression under Mourinho
Danny Mills has blasted Tottenham defender Danny Rose for his performance against Olympiakos and says he has made a bad impression on new manager Jose Mourinho.
The former Manchester City and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the first appearance under a new boss will fashion their opinion of the player and suggests Rose failed to impress on Tuesday night.
The left-back was handed a start ahead of Ben Davies but came undone against the Greek side, the Lilywhites forced to fight from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
Having seen Davies impress in the club’s 3-2 victory over West Ham at the weekend, Mills says that Rose failed to hit the same heights in his first start for Mourinho.
Mills told Football Insider: “Ben Davies was unavailable, he couldn’t play in this one but I think he would have played, stayed in the side. Mourinho had to bring Rose in and looking at it, I’d expect have expected Ben Davies to come in for the next one.
“Whenever a new manager comes in, you get a bit of a clean slate, you get an opportunity to impress. If your first game under a new manager is brilliant, that’s his impression of you, that’s the sort of standard he expects. He has no choice but to believe in you.
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“Danny Rose’s first impression wasn’t as good as Ben Davies.'”
Davies was in and out of the starting XI under Mauricio Pochettino but found himself starting the Argentine’s final two Premier League games in charge.
Rose meanwhile was completely missing from the squad for the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United – Pochettino’s last match in charge – and has 13 games under his belt this season.