With Tottenham still having only one recognised, Premier League striker (at time of writing), in the form of Jermain Defoe, it is hard to think of how they can score goals. Compare this with Newcastle’s Senegalese Pair, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, who banged in the goals at an alarming rate last season. But the first day of the season is always more of a lottery than simply who will score more goals.
AVB’s impact on Spurs will be crucial to the result of this game. Is he here as a rapid, desperate attempt to salvage his reputation in the EPL, or does he actually care for the club and their future? Is this just seen by AVB as an opportunity to perfect his crouching position and add another language to his repertoire? Tottenham fans will seriously hope not, as they want, no, actually, need, to finish above the Goners this season and end up in the Champions League. And Newcastle away is a good, but tricky, place to start for AVB.
He has added Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen to his ranks, early on in pre-season. Now as a Spurs fan, I see that Gylfi has had an incredible pre-season and has EPL experience, whereas Jan has had a rocky pre-season and absolutely zero EPL experience. And, as a Spurs fan, I realise that this will probably equate to Jan being super and Gylfi being a little more average – well, there are bound to be a few surprises – it’s Tottenham, after all! But we live in hope. In terms of the game against Newcastle next Saturday, if Gylfi can hit the ground running and bag a goal or two for us, then even with just JD up front we could snatch the game. And let’s just hope that Jan is as solid as the Belgian national team and whoever gives out the Eredivisie awards seems to think.
Newcastle will be very dangerous, their midfield and strikers working in tandem will bring them goals, but I reckon that Big Younes and Jan the Man can nullify their threat, and with the speed of Gazza and Azza on each wing, we can surge to victory. But, at the end of the day, we could range from shambolic to super and average to amazing in the blink of the eye. Let’s just hope it goes how we want.
My Prediction: Newcastle 1 – 2 Tottenham
By Alex Beck
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