"The only thing I would say is he should have gone to the manager rather than doing a five-page pull-out in the paper".
There are six teams who genuinely think they can win the Premier League in 2017-'18.
While on paper, he looks a like-for-like replacement for Walker, this is one area in which he could even surpass the England defender, who netted just twice in the league in his last four seasons at White Hart Lane.
"I don't think it's a matter to joke about because with some of the global players today, maybe one or two years ago, none of us knew them very well".
"I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me", he said.
Elsewhere in the top 20, Southampton's Charlie Austin would also score 22 after suffering long-term injuries last season, while West Ham's new signing Chicharito and Everton new boy Sandro Ramirez would both register 21 - ahead of Brighton's Tomer Hemed and Bournemouth's Josh King on 21 and 20 goals, respectively.
With Rose now injured, the Tottenham number 33 has a good chance to start the season well and build confidence, which would force his rival to kick his heels on the bench even when he is fit.
Tottenham fans feel that above all in July and the first half of August, when the division's big-spenders flex their financial muscles while Spurs apparently dip their toes tentatively in the shallower waters of the transfer market, if at all.
"We need one in each line".
Rose, who has apologised for giving an interview criticising the club's transfer policy on the eve of the season, is expected to be back in action in September.
Pochettino has however reminded Rose that some of Tottenham's most successful players were signed by the club while still relatively unknown. "We will find the right players to challenge".
'When you see our philosophy and the way we work it's so exciting.
Spurs begin its top-flight campaign against Newcastle United on Sunday.
All this makes them a genuine title challenger, as they have been in the last two seasons. Eleven weeks later, and two days before the new season kicks off, the only significant change has been Kyle Walker's departure.
Victor Wanayama is also set to miss the trip due to a knee injury sustained whilst away on Spurs' pre-season tour of the US.