Danny Rose came to Newcastle after a rough spell at Tottenham, where he’d fallen down the pecking order. Hoping to find a chance to get regular time on the pitch, he’s joined the Magpies on a half-season loan.
The 29-year-old made his full debut last Sunday at Arsenal after making a late-game cameo at St James Park against Norwich. Danny showed that he’s still working his way back to full fitness after running out of steam a bit in the second half at the Emirates.
However, he looked very good at times linking with Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half. Danny has spoken about his first few weeks at Newcastle to nufc.co.uk.
Rose talked about his relationship with Steve Bruce, who has done a good job communicating his expectations to the wing-back:
“Off the pitch, he’s been great with me if I need anything. He told me exactly what he expects from me when I joined.
“Even before the first game that I played against Norwich, he pulled me aside and said he was going to ease me into it.
“Even him taking the time just to have that conversation with me was brilliant, and it’s something that I’ve missed.
“I’m willing to fight for him over the next few months, and I can’t wait to get going.”
It’ll be interesting if Bruce goes with Danny over Matt Ritchie again on Saturday. We were a little surprised that Matt Ritchie was dropped. The 30-year-old came on in the 72nd minute, but it wasn’t for the tiring Rose. Instead Bruce pushed Matt into a midfield three as he transitioned to a flat back four.
Whatever Bruce decides, it’ll be a team selection he needs to get right. The match at Selhurst Park is a massive one as it kicks off a string of eight fixtures against teams we are competing against to stay out of a relegation scrap.
Danny touched on the upcoming fixtures in his interview. He’s confident that Newcastle can get the points they’ll need to finish the season on a high:
“Looking at the fixtures, I think there’s only (Manchester) City, Liverpool (and Tottenham) out of the so-called top six who we’re playing against.
“All the other games are teams that we are going to be in and around us. We can achieve anything that we set our minds to, and that has to be the spirit and everybody’s mindset in winning as many games as possible.
“That’s going to be my mindset. I come from a club that is used to winning, week in week out. That’s always been our attitude, and I hope I can install that here.
“I haven’t come here to lose games; I’ve come here to win and to be part of something special.”
We’re not sure what would be classed as ‘something special.’ But a push for a place in Europe and a trip to Wembley for an FA Cup final might do the trick.
For that to happen, Newcastle will have to start picking up some wins which have been in short supply of late. However, looking at the fixtures, the opportunity is there. The lads just have to step up and take it.
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