Newcastle v Spurs – Match preview

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Newcastle away on Sunday at 4pm, but the question is, does anyone care?

The Newcastle fans seem to, their debate over whether to boycott a chance to see Harry Kane in action (surely not!) in a protest against Mike Ashley and the way their club is run hasn’t reached a conclusion as far as I’m aware; most protests of this type tend to fizzle out of course given the amount of money that people splash out well in advance to see a game.

Many Spurs fans care, but mostly those I’m sure who were alert enough to take advantage of the novelty of the offer of free air travel laid on by the club. Given the up in the Gods, where’s the oxygen, are those ants or players? viewpoint given to away fans at the stadium, those with a window seat may prefer it if the plane circles above Leazes Park rather than lands as they’ll get a better view of the game.

Harry Kane cares. Of course he does! That our weird and patchy season has had as many memorable moments as it has is almost entirely down to Harry as we know and he’ll feel frustrated that he’s barely been allowed a shot since his hat-trick against Leicester. Those goals took him to a tantalising 29 for the season, 30 would be something special and I’m sure he knows he’s one away. He’ll surely get there, but when? This Sunday is as good a time as any.

Pochettino will care. Or let’s hope he does anyway. I’ve a Southampton supporting friend who claims that Poch lost interest towards the end of last season once all his targets had been achieved etc. Perhaps by then he suspected that bigger and better opportunities were likely to drop into his inbox during the summer, he surely would definitely have been aware that the likes of Lallana, Lovren and Shaw were on their way no matter what he did which would’ve been a tad dispiriting to say the least. The opposite is the case currently where he has a whole heap of players he’ll want to jettison so that he can bring in (or promote) players he can work with during the international competition free next few months. Depending on the FA Cup shakedown (and where we finish in the table of course) European qualification is in the balance so he doesn’t even know what size of squad he’ll need next season. Whatever it is though he should be using these last few league games to help him decide who he can mould into a useful piece of the jigsaw.

Kevin Friend will care; he’s down to referee.

After a drab couple of weeks, three points would be nice. We tonked them up there last season and in the Capital One this but were well beaten at WHL in October. They’re on a dismal run, 3 wins in 19 games. We though, if we play like we did last Saturday, are capable of making them look like Barcelona.


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