Despite being a "brilliant individual" who loves to talk about the strategy and tactics of the game, Andy Rose does not sound likely to be signed by Coventry City. Manager Tony Mowbray has not given up on the out-of-contract Seattle Sounders midfielder, and the overall prognosis from the trial is strong. The issue is that Rose does not suit their needs.
Talking to the Coventry Telegraph Mowbray's review of Rose is strong overall.
"But I saw enough to think there is a footballer in there and definitely an asset. He's 6ft 4, can run all day, passes it nice and simple and he's a brilliant individual. He's a lad who likes football, loves to talk about football and the tactics; ‘why are we doing this, why are we doing that? At Seattle we don't do that,' so I like his personality."
If League One side signed Rose, it would be to fill out their defensive midfield depth. Unfortunately for Rose, his box-to-box nature displayed during the trial is more suited for another team. He would be Coventry's fourth DM in the rotation. The combination of price and that lack of direct application to their tactics means that Rose's trial is over, though he could still fit.
Rose does still have an offer from the Sounders, and how Mowbry describes his play might suit Seattle more than the English team.
"Someone else might think he's ready to go straight into their team. But from what I saw over the two weeks he needs to listen and learn how we play and how he has to play; not just run up and down the pitch all day. But he is a really nice kid, good personality who wanted to learn."
Seattle currently has Alonso, Friberg and Roldan as central midfielders under contract. There are indications that they may move to a 4-3-3 of sorts. Ozzie is rumored to be on the trade block as well. Getting Rose to return would help shore up that midfield.