Danny Rose could not have picked a more unhelpful time to go to the press with his frustrations about Tottenham.
The Sun’s interview with the left-back covered a host of issues, including his unhappiness at Spurs’ relatively low wages, their failure – thus far – to win trophies, and his irritation at their lack of signings.
Ultimately, he has completely trashed what Mauricio Pochettino is trying to do, three days ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
The core of the Pochettino project is about ambition, and the big concern is that the players may not be on board.
It’s impossible to say whether Rose is speaking on behalf of other players, but even if he has made some valid points, the manner of what he has done has infuriated the fans and put the club in an almost impossible position.
Do they let him go, given that they have very little time to replace him? That would send out the wrong message. Equally, can they risk keeping him in the dressing room?
“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies,” he said.
“I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.
“Sorry, that’s not what I am about. I wouldn’t be happy with that. I want to win something.
“I will say this too — I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere.
“I am not saying buy ten players, I’d love to see two or three — and not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players.”
While stressing that money isn’t the only issue, he added:
“One thing is for sure — I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth.
“I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth. As with everyone else in my team, in my opinion, I am worth more than I am getting.”
Rose did stress that he doesn’t definitely “want out”, but going to a tabloid newspaper and requesting an interview is not the action of a player who wants to stay.
The England international has very quickly turned himself into a persona non grata in north London, and if he stays, it’ll be very interesting to see what kind of reception he gets:
Danny Rose pretty much stabbed Poch and the club in the back with that interview. Didn't need to go public with that stuff. #THFC
— Dwayne Pereira (@PereiraDwayne) August 10, 2017
Those of you saying there's not much wrong with Danny's comments. If he says it to Levy and Poch in a private room, yeah. To a rag? Do one.
— Spurred On (@spurredontv) August 10, 2017
Disgusting article by Danny Rose @TheSun . Unprofessional and totally ungrateful . It's demoralising and disappointing. Chuck him out
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 10, 2017
I know it's stupid to get attached to players but this just feels like complete betrayal from Danny Rose.
— James Harris (@JamesCHarris97) August 10, 2017
Danny Rose don't let the door hit you on the way out.snake #disrespectful
— Richard Tanner (@ImmortalTanz) August 10, 2017
Loyalty is nowadays so rare in football. Danny Rose has joined Kyle Walker in the Snake posse.
— Rob Wood (@real_rob_wood) August 10, 2017