Leeds United could re-sign Danny Rose in January as they look to bring in a specialised proven left-back.
That is according to Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about an area that he believes Marcelo Bielsa needs to strengthen in the upcoming window.
Converted winger Ezgjan Alioski has started at left-back in Leeds’ recent Premier League fixtures after Stuart Dallas, another converted attacker, began the season in the position.
Bielsa revealed at his media conference on Wednesday that Alioski and Dallas are both in the starting XI for Friday night’s clash against West Ham, with the Macedonia international expected to continue at left-back and Dallas to be redeployed at right-back.
Phillips believes the 29-times England international Rose, who started out at Leeds before joining Spurs in his mid-teens, could provide valuable cover for an injury-stricken United defence.
“I think Leeds need to sign a recognised left-back in January,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“You can get away with Alioski at left-back in the Championship but when you face the likes of Chelsea it is a different ball game.
“In my opinion a natural left-back would be on the priority list for Leeds next year.
“I imagine Leeds would look at Danny Rose. It will not be about money for him at this stage.
“He will want to play football and I am sure he would love to play in a Marcelo Bielsa side.
“It is an area that I think Bielsa will be looking at and Danny Rose – to me it is a no brainer.
“A specialised, experience left-back who is good on the ball. He could slot in quite nicely.”
Rose failed to secure a move away from Spurs this summer and is currently stuck in limbo after he was omitted from the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the season.
He has played a few Under-23s matches but, with his contract expiring next summer, is not expected to play for Tottenham again.