Rose can ´play at the top´, insists Di Canio
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has predicted a bright future for on-loan full-back Danny Rose after a fine season at the Stadium of Light.
Rose is due to play his last game for the club against Southampton on Sunday, as he is ineligible to face parent club Tottenham on the last day of the season.
The 22-year-old has hinted that he would like his move to be made permanent and Sunderland are keen to sign him on a full-time deal, but Spurs insist he will not be available for transfer.
"He's our player at the moment. Sunday will be his last game and then we will see," Di Canio said. "I don't want to talk about the future because we have to focus on the next game.
"In my opinion, he can improve a lot defensively. He's an attacking-minded left-back, but he has to improve a lot defensively.
"He's got a great future in front of him. He's a powerful guy. The strength and elasticity he's got mean he can run forward with the ball and beat people easily.
"It's obvious he can play at the top level, but everybody has to improve. People have to realise there are two phases in the game- possession ball and non-possession ball. It's crucial to be good in both situations.
"I don't want to say he's not very good when we're not in possession of the ball, but he can improve a lot. He can improve the timing of his tackling and he needs to learn when and how to be aggressive.
"But everybody can improve, and he's only 22. It's easy to talk about his quality, but if we don't tell him he has to improve, he's probably never going to."
The England Under-21 international has made 26 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal.