'As a pair, they are the best around' - Jonathan Woodgate on Rose and Walker
24 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Jonathan Woodgate knew anyway, but the last few weeks have just confirmed his thinking.
“As a pair, right-back and left-back, I can’t think of a better partnership than Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in the Premier League at the moment, without doubt. They are the best around. I can see them both playing for England for a long time to come."
It’s praise indeed from our former centre-back and England international who counts Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos as a former team-mate.
‘Woody’ spoke in glowing terms about Kyle and Danny when he looked at a ‘key battle’ ahead of our trip to Middlesbrough in September.
Below: Lads celebrate Danny's winner against Burnley
A couple of months on, ‘Walks’ remains ever-present in the Premier League and completed a second assist in as many games in the 2-1 win against Burnley last weekend.
Of course, Danny struck the winner against the Clarets, also having set up a goal against Hull three days earlier. As a pair, they are key to Mauricio Pochettino’s team, alongside fellow full-backs Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier.
Below: Spurs TV special - Danny's winner v Burnley from all angles!
“It shows how well Tottenham have bought, going back a few years to when the policy was to buy young, English players and both Danny and Kyle were part of that, bought from Leeds and Sheffield United respectively,” added Jonathan, whose place in Spurs folklore is cemented as the matchwinner in the League Cup Final at Wembley in 2008.
“Look at how good these players are now. They are so quick. They are up and down, box to box. They are sharp into the tackle, constantly at opponents and aggressive.
“In terms of age, they are both reaching their peaks as well. As I said, I don’t think you’ll find a better pairing.”
Below: Woody after the 2008 League Cup Final
Injuries restricted Woody to 65 appearances for us between 2008-11 but when he played, he was seen as a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a centre-half, a class act who earned eight caps for England.
He was at the Club with both players and while Kyle spent his early days out on loan, Woody saw first-hand Danny’s development and conversion from midfielder to full-back.
“Danny was always quality in training," he recalled. "Even as a youngster, he’d get stuck in, he didn’t care if he kicked someone! That’s what I liked about him, that mentality. He’s gone from strength to strength in that position.”