Position: Central Defender
Age: 24 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 14(0) *
Settling into life in a new team in a new country, we’re still yet to really learn what Michael Rose is all about. Having arrived with a good reputation from his time in Scotland, Rose has looked relatively comfortable with the level of football but due to the way the team is set-up, has had relatively little defending to do to judge him upon. A physical yet technically adept centre-back who looks a decent fit into the possession-based style Mark Robins has been trying to implement this season, Rose has the odd mistake in his game, as you’d expect from a relatively young centre-back, but has generally shown an ability to recover when mistakes.
Starting the season in a centre-back pairing with Kyle McFadzean, Rose’s mobility and relative composure on the ball seemed to provide a decent balance, while both provided a threat from set-piece situations. Due to McFadzean’s poor performances this season, the onus is on Rose to form a partnership with Dominic Hyam, but it feels like the duo have yet to develop an understanding. The biggest issue with a Rose-Hyam partnership is neither is the dominant leader that it seems both would be suited to playing alongside at this stage in their careers. The other issue is that with Hyam preferring to play shorter passes, Rose has taken it on himself to try and open the play up with longer diagonals which he isn’t quite accurate enough to pull off consistently. With more minutes together on the pitch, that partnership should better establish itself with Rose taking the aggressive stopper role and Hyam cleaning up behind him, but with Morgan Williams and Declan Drysdale developing in the under-23s, Rose shouldn’t take it for granted that he is undroppable.
*As of 16/11/2019