DANNY ROSE says he needs to add goals to his game if he is to become one of the country’s top left-backs.
Rose has proved an overwhelming success at the Stadium of Light since arriving on loan from Spurs during the summer after being granted the opportunity for regular Premier League football for the first time in his career.
But the on-loan Spurs defender is not resting on his laurels and believes he must develop a greater attacking potency if he is to continue progressing.
Rose can boast only one domestic goal during his career – albeit he has netted three times for England Under-21s – and that was almost three years ago in the North London derby with Arsenal.
The 22-year-old points to the six goals for Everton this season from England left-back Leighton Baines as a tally he should be emulating.
Rose told the Echo: “That goal for Tottenham was a few years ago now and that’s one thing I need to start doing, having a few more efforts on goal and scoring.
“If you want to push on to the next level, you need to do that.
“You look at Leighton Baines and he’s probably getting six to eight goals a season.
“I had a good first half of the season for Sunderland and if I want to push on and make myself better, I have to score a few goals.”
Rose continues to undergo treatment on the hamstring strain which he re-aggravated during Sunderland’s last Premier League encounter against Arsenal nine days ago.
Although the injury is not as serious as the one which kept Rose out for a month when he limped off against Bolton in the FA Cup third round, he is still rated as a doubt for this weekend’s trip to West Brom.