Rose pleased with Villas-Boas' regime

Danny Rose claims some of his team-mates walked into the Tottenham first team under previous regimes even though they often "sacked off" training.

Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham

Having spent the majority of the last five seasons out on loan, Rose's patience was running thin, but now the left-back seems to have finally secured the starting place he has longed for ever since he broke in to the Spurs first-team squad.

If Rose had his way, he would have been starting for the north London club a long time ago.

After moving to Tottenham from Leeds as a 17-year-old, Rose did not feature under Juande Ramos and he was used sparingly by Harry Redknapp, who loaned the player to Watford, Peterborough and Bristol City while preferring to deploy Benoit Assou-Ekotto as his left-back at Spurs.

Rose feels he has only been given a fair chance by current boss Andre Villas-Boas, who appears to have installed the 23-year-old as his first-choice left-back for the season ahead after a successful spell on loan at Sunderland last term.

"This is the most I've played in pre-season," said Rose, who has been a regular in Spurs' pre-season campaign.

"It's nice to have a manager who gives you a chance and is not afraid to drop certain players."

When asked whether he thought previous managers had selected players on reputation, rather than because of the work they were putting in, Rose replied: "Possibly, sometimes it's the name on the back of the shirt as well.

"It was frustrating, yes. A million per cent. It's not nice when you train hard every day and people are allowed to sack training off and still be in the starting XI.

"Obviously I know Spurs have been in the top four or five clubs for the last five seasons or so, so I know it's hard for anyone to break through, but at the same time it is frustrating and it's great that now the gaffer is not afraid to drop people if you're not performing or training hard enough."

Rose made a huge impact at the Stadium of Light last season, turning in a series of stellar displays.

And now the England Under-21 international has had a taste of regular top-flight football, he wants more.

So if he feels he undeservedly loses his position in the starting XI at Spurs this season, he could be off, and Sunderland would be his first-choice destination.

"I enjoyed every minute at Sunderland. It's a club that I'd love to go and play for again because they're the only team at this minute which has given me a chance to play week in week out," Rose said following Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Espanyol yesterday.

"It was a great experience. Martin O'Neill gave me so much freedom, I felt that I could do whatever I wanted wherever I wanted on the pitch, and Paolo Di Canio was the same.

"I enjoyed every minute of it and now I've experienced it, coming here and sitting on the bench is not something I'd be looking to do.

"I love this club, but if I don't play regularly then I'm not going to be happy, just like everyone else wouldn't be happy.

"I wouldn't be going on loan again. If I wasn't playing then a loan's not an option for me now. I want to get settled somewhere, playing week in week out."

With Assou-Ekotto seemingly out of favour, Rose has a clear run at the left-back position, but that may change should Tottenham sign Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid in the coming weeks.

Coentrao has been mentioned as a possible makeweight in Gareth Bale's mooted world-record transfer to Real Madrid.

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