Eric Dier has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur’s fixture against Newcastle United has changed after the Magpies were the subject of a takeover.
A Saudi-backed consortium ended Mike Ashley’s fourteen-year stint as owner of the Toon Army, which sparked jubilant scenes outside of the stadium (The Times).
Dier believes that there will be a incredible atmosphere at St James’ Park in what will be the first game under the new ownership with Newcastle having confirmed that the Premier League encounter is a sell out.
Newcastle come into the match having failed to win any of their opening seven top flight encounters this season and find themselves with just three points to their name.
Dier has warned about the fact the Magpies are without a win and have found themselves with a spring in their step following the takeover will make for a dangerous opponent.
Spurs come into the match having ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats with victory over Aston Villa in North London.
Dier told Sky Sports: “For us it does change things. It’s always a tough game there – obviously it’s a huge footballing city but I think the atmosphere is going to be incredible and that’s something we should try and enjoy and thrive off of.
“Definitely the game has changed now with the situation they find themselves in.
“I’m sure the energy within that building has changed since then so that’s something that we’re going to be ready for a match.
“Hopefully we will.
“I think a team that’s doing badly is always dangerous because they’re that one result away. They need that win and they’re going to get hungrier and hungrier for it.
“They’re a very dangerous team in the situation that we find them in without a win, under the new ownership and the energy that’s probably going to be in that building, and that’ll be in that stadium on Saturday -so we need to be ready for all of those things.”
Dier is correct to highlight that Spurs are heading to St James’ Park which will be packed full of Newcastle supporters who are delighted to see the back of Mike Ashley and welcome in a new era on Tyneside.
Nuno needs to ensure his players focus on the job in hand and do not face another miserable start to the resumption of the campaign following the international break.
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