Kevin Phillips admits he was “shocked” when he heard that Tottenham left-back Danny Rose had joined Newcastle until the end of the season.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, gave credit to Newcastle manager Steve Bruce for bringing the 29-year-old to Tyneside in what he described as a “fantastic” signing.
Rose moves to St. James Park having fallen out of favour since Spurs appointed Jose Mourinho, having made only 5 appearances since the Portuguese’s appointment in mid-November.
The England international, whose move was announced yesterday, l arrives just in time for the Magpies with full-backs Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems ruled out for the rest of the season.
When asked if the signing represented a coup for the Black and Whites, Phillips told Football Insider: “100%. Steve Bruce deserves a lot of credit for this one. This has been one of the longest sagas ever with Danny Rose.
“I have got to say I am surprised that he has gone up to Newcastle. I would imagine there are other clubs that would have taken him.
“Fair play to Steve Bruce because that is a fantastic signing and it was not that long ago that Danny Rose was cemented as England’s number one left-back. He has certainly got a good few years left in front of him. Credit to Bruce.”
The former Watford and Sunderland defender will be reunited with ex-Tottenham teammate Nabil Bentaleb who signed from Schalke earlier this month.
Rose was the second full-back to leave the Champions League finalists during the window after Kyle Walker-Peters completed a loan switch to Southampton.
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