Danny Rose

Attack-minded Rose compared to Gray

by Stuart Vose

Former striker Martin Smith impressed with loanee.

Ex-Sunderland frontman Martin Smith says Danny Rose’s playing style reminds him of former team-mate Michael Gray.

Smith and Gray were colleagues at both Roker Park and the Stadium of Light before the former joined Sheffield United in 1999.

Gray made regular attacking raids his trademark during more than a decade on Wearside, during which time he won England recognition.

Fast forward and it's now Rose filling the role after Martin O'Neill brought him in on loan from Spurs on the final day of the summer transfer window.

The Londoner has made a fine start to life on Wearside and Smith says he certainly fits the Gray mould.

“Danny’s done really well and has looked lively,” said the former striker, who made 145 appearances for the Black Cats.

“As well as his defensive work he has provided an attacking threat.

“He reminds me of Micky in a way – he always wants the ball and gives good service going forward.

“He seems like a good all-round athlete who gets up and down the pitch.”

Smith continued: “Danny will probably say he’s more of a left midfielder so he’s got that ability to get forward.

“He’s brought that into his game a lot more over the last few weeks and has been combining well with James McClean.

“I think that could be a good partnership down the left hand side.”