Martin Keown has predicted that Newcastle United duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson will ‘wreak havoc’ against Tottenham Hotspur today.
The Magpies are set to play in their first fixture under the new Saudi-led regime, who recently completed a £300 million takeover of the club.
Newcastle are also still in search of their first Premier League win of the campaign and will look to achieve that in a packed house at St James’ Park.
Visitors Spurs have their own task at hand and will be looking to claw back some form after a turbulent return from the first international break.
Although Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit nine points above Newcastle, former Arsenal man Keown believes the hosts can cause Spurs a number of problems and has singled out the tricky pairing of Saint-Maximin and Wilson as a potential combination to do damage.
In his column for the Daily Mail, he wrote: “Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost their last two away games in the Premier League, conceding six goals to Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
“Their only win on the road this season was at Wolves, where they were fortunate that the hosts could not convert any of their 25 shots.
“Newcastle will get chances, especially if they get the ball early into the dancing feet of Allan Saint-Maximin. He’s been electric, carrying the ball further than any other Premier League player this season and creating the most chances from those runs.
“The inclusion of Callum Wilson, if fit enough to feature, will be a major boost. He, more than anyone, will benefit from Saint-Maximin’s twisting and turning and creativity.
“Wilson has that predatory instinct and is a proper No 9 who can wreak havoc with Tottenham’s defence.”
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Saint-Maximin has always been a tricky customer and will undoubtedly cause problems, and the likely return of talisman Wilson won’t do Spurs any favours either. Both possess an abundance of pace and directness, so the Spurs defence will have a big task to complete.
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