SUNDERLAND expect the subject of Danny Rose’s loan spell at the Stadium of Light to be raised this weekend when Tottenham Hotspur arrive in the North East.
The England Under 21 international has been in sensational form recently and the Black Cats hope Rose will be able to see out the full year-long loan which was originally agreed between the two clubs over the summer.
Spurs have had injury problems in defence this season – though those are easing – and can activate a recall clause in January if they decide to strengthen in depth for the second half of the campaign.
But Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is hoping that Spurs will recognise regular football for Rose on Wearside is doing the defender a world of good and will allow him to stay and continue to develop.
Rose, who has been a huge hit and become a fans’ favourite, has already expressed a desire to make the move permanent and supporters on Boxing Day, not for the first time, were urging Sunderland to sign him up.
While Rose’s long-term fate remains uncertain, his short-term future could well be resolved this weekend.
O’Neill said: “Spurs are up here this weekend and there might be a chance for some talks or at least a conversation.
“But at this moment, we just have to play it by ear and enjoy it having him here at Sunderland while it lasts.”
The Black Cats boss rates Rose highly and hopes the return to fitness of Spurs first-choice left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes it unlikely that the 22-year-old will be required at White Hart Lane for the second half of the campaign.
He said: “We have an agreement in place that we would be given some notice if Spurs wanted to recall him.
“And it’s decent enough notice – something like a couple of weeks – so we would have a chance to find a replacement.
“If Tottenham do recall him, there is really nothing we can do about that – but hopefully that won’t happen.”
Rose is ineligible to play for his parent club in this Saturday’s game against the Londoners, which will be a big blow to the Wearsiders – the team having performed so well in the Boxing Day win against Manchester City.
O’Neill is likely to move Jack Colback to left-back and perhaps move Craig Gardner into central midfield, allowing Phil Bardsley to return to the starting line-up at right-back.
David Meyler, meanwhile, has been recalled early from his loan at Hull City in order to bolster Sunderland’s limited midfield options.