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‘Best Player On The Park’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender Following Newcastle Win

Spurs got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies were enough to see off the Magpies.

The first forty-five minutes were an uneventful affair with few chances for either side. Newcastle started the better but Spurs grew into the game, Christian Eriksen trying his luck from distance a couple of times but with little success.

The game changed early on in the second half when Andre Marriner sent off Newcastle captain Jonjo Shelvey for a stamp on Dele Alli. A stupid act right under the nose of the referee that saw him rightly sent for an early bath.

Spurs immediately looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and cashed in just after the hour mark. Christian Erisken floated a lovely ball over the top to Dele Alli, who made no mistake with a volleyed finish into the back of the net past Rob Elliot.

Just ten minutes later it was 2-0. A little bit of fortune involved perhaps, but Ben Davies reacted quickly to slide the ball past Elliot and to double Tottenham’s advantage, which they were able to hold onto right up until the final whistle.

Mauricio Pochettino faced a tough team selection at the start of the game. He appeared to be torn between playing a back three with Moussa Sissoko at wing-back or a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Both played in a 4-2-3-1 system and the youngster Walker-Peters impressed on his debut.

The full-back showed little signs of nerves, looked to pose a threat going forward and effectively dealt with the pace of Christian Atsu which even some of the best full-backs struggle to do when he is on the top of his game. His final ball could have been better and it is fair to say he doesn’t quite have the same pace as Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier. His performance led to one Spurs fan claiming that there is now no need to sign a right-back this summer. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter.

Once fit, Kieran Trippier I am sure will stay the first choice right-back, but Kyle Walker-Peters may have just eliminated the need to buy a new right-back with the performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.


FOUR Clubs Interested In Spurs Winger

Four Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has fallen out of favour under Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are set to be joined by West Ham in the race for the England international who started just ten league games last season for Spurs.

The Daily Star believe that West Ham have now joined the race for Townsend, and they also report that the Lilywhites are wanting to sell up for £15m, and with that many clubs interested, they are sure to be holding out for the full asking price.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have been working hard throughout the summer shifting some of the deadweight, including midfielders Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue.

The Argentine boss has left Andros Townsend out so far this season with the Englishman unused this campaign, will this summer see the end of Townsend’s career at Tottenham?

Spurs And Liverpool Chase Young Newcastle Star

Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly interested in Newcastle young star Olivier Kemen, and both are hoping that they can get a deal done in this summer transfer window.

The youngster is the captain of the France Under-19 squad, but is yet to make an appearance for the Newcastle first team, and if Spurs or Liverpool have it their way, it will remain that way.

French reports from L’Equipe claim that the two clubs have both taken note of the youngster’s talent, but Under-21 playing time for the Magpies has been limited for the Frenchman, who is keen to gain more playing time either at Newcastle or somewhere else.

Reports suggest that Newcastle are not risking throwing the eighteen-year-old in the deep end to soon, and that is the reason why the Frenchman’s playing time has been limited.

Liverpool and Spurs are both keen to persuade the youngster to join their respective clubs, and the opportunity of more playing time in the Under-21 league and eventually first team minutes could potentially sway the midfielder either way.

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-3 Spurs

In a game where Tottenham were very relaxed and Newcastle had other issues on their mind, it was never going to be pretty. But Spurs played their game from the first minute and capitalized on a wandering Newcastle team who are still without a win in 5. Even Paulinho got Man of the Match! Plus Harry Kane became the first Tottenham Hotspur player to score 30 goals in a single season since Gary Linekar in 1991-1992, so despite the dire game, there are some positives.

Michel Vorm- 6

Newcastle hardly threatened the Spurs goal and when they did, the scored, but Vorm had a solid game, despite the goal. It’s nice to know that even when Lloris isn’t able to play we have a good keeper who can organize a defense and keep the fans positive that we have a good backup on standby.

Eric Dier- 6

Similar to Vorm, Dier dealt with the danger of Perez, Cabella and Obertan well enough when called up and showed that he is slowly developing into a good central defender, as well as a good right back who is defensively more competent than Walker, more experienced than Yedlin and just flat out better than Chiriches. Some maybe calling for an England call up for Dier, seeing as he is already an integral part of the under 21 set up.

Federico Fazio- 6

Fazio was better than last week, which to be fair wasn’t exactly hard to better. He was part of a pretty solid defensive performance, and dealt with Perez’s threat with ease and showed how strong his and Vertonghen’s partnership is. In a slow game, the pace and style of the game really suited him and his style of play.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Similar to Fazio, he returned with style as the attack of Newcastle was stifled with relative ease. Our best partnership at the back is most likely Vertonghen and Fazio and it showed here today. Not much to comment on except from the fact this man is the vice captain and not Harry Kane.

Danny Rose- 6

Again, another great showing from Rose as he bombed up the left flank and supplied Chadli with a good outside option. His development over the course of the season shows how far he has come from “that goal” against Arsenal. Maybe a starting place ahead of Leighton Baines in the England squad?

Nabil Bentaleb- 8

Had a good game overall, yet again, showing why he is one of the first names on the team sheet. Simple passes coupled with subtle moments of pure class show why he should have been nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year. One of the players who really showed his worth in the match.

Paulinho- 8

Its true It’s true, Paulinho did get Man of the Match and did have an absolute blinder, but one thought that seemed to come up a lot was whether a move was on the horizon. Either way, it was refreshing to see him put in such a good performance.

Nacer Chadli- 7

Sporting his new Samurai hair bun, Chadli repeated his feat from last season by scoring against Newcastle at St. James Park. His strike from outside the box was the pinnacle of his game as he was rather subdued in the second half before being replaced for Mousa Dembele.

Christian Eriksen- 7

In the first half, Eriksen started off brightly but never did much in terms of creativity, but when the second half came, he seemed to wake up. His goal from the free kick managed to fly past everyone including Tim Krul and capped off a good game for the Dane.

Erik Lamela- 4

There is only so much time that Spurs fans can defend this man. Time after time, they stick up for him whilst he does near enough nothing in every game except give away the ball and run around. I think his time Is up at the club, as he isn’t getting any better, and for £30 million, he shouldn’t need time to settle in no matter his age or price tag.

Harry Kane- 7

The first striker since Gary Linekar to reach 30 goals for Tottenham, Harry Kane is proving to be an icon similar to what Robbie Keane was to kids my age. His strike this afternoon capped off a great week where he was voted both PFA Player’s Player and Young Player of the Year. Lets just hope we keep hold of him for a couple a years and hope he becomes a legend at the club.


Ben Davies – 6

Added a solid full back performance to his young career and showed that he can be a useful back up if Rose was to ever get injured.

Mousa Dembele- 6

Showed that he is one of the creative midfielders that the club needs whenever the team need a genius late on in games.

Ryan Mason- 5

Came on late on in the day to sure up the midfield and add some solidity towards the end. Also was up in support with Kane prior to Kane’s strike for the third goal.

Yedlin Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

Newcastle United are in desperate need of a win. John Carver hasn’t guided them to a single win in 5 games, and he recently described the Newcastle job as the “hardest job in the world”. Tottenham drew a dire game away at Burnley and lost last week at home to Aston Villa, so as per usual for Tottenham, the play the out of form team in the league who are in need for a win. It makes me think of the intro to “The A-Team”, “If you have a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, the Spurs team”.

Regardless of the lack of hope shown by fans on Social Media, the team can pick up the 3 points up at St. James’ Park similar to last year where a 4-1 victory was enough to take home the point. With a few players missing such as Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, and Jan Vertonghen, it seems that a few players will be able to showcase their ability in front of the Sky Sports cameras this Sunday.

Team News:

Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker all remain doubts for the trip to Newcastle.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

With Lloris a doubt yet again, it seems likely that Vorm will keep his place in the line up. Despite not picking up a win In his 2 games in goal, he has put in relatively good performances that kept the score down against Villa last time out and picking up Spurs’ 7th clean sheet in the Premier League season. With a misfiring Newcastle strike force I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Spurs picked up any points this weekend, Vorm would most likely keep another clean sheet.

Defence: DeAndré Yedlin, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, and Danny Rose:

Providing that Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are still out, it is possible that Yedlin would make his full debut for Spurs after what seems like forever. Fazio will most likely continue to deputize for the missing Vertonghen, despite his poor performance against Villa last week. With Eric Dier and Danny Rose growing into their roles, the only thing to do is to have them continue in the defense.

Defensive Midfield: Nabil Bentaleb; Ryan Mason:

After making this position their own this season, it is down to them to show why they deserve to retain it for next season. After some shaky and lifeless showings recently, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to show their class and their tough mentality that has reared its head rarely this season.

Midfield: Christian Eriksen; Moussa Dembele; Andros Townsend:

These three could prove to be the key if Tottenham are to win this Sunday, as each possess that spark that is a handful to deal with at the best of times. With Townsend putting in a Ok performance against Villa, it is vital he puts in a good performance to keep up his England place. With Eriksen seemingly one of the first names on the team sheet each week, the final place could go to Moussa Dembele. Without a start recently, being dropped for Paulinho and Lamela, Dembele would love to show everyone his true ability with a key role in the center of the park.

Striker: Harry Kane:

The “HurriKane” would love to cap off a brilliant week in which he was nominated for both PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by scoring at St. James Park. Missing the previous fixture, being dropped for Emmanuel Adebayor, he will be looking to show the Geordies what its like to be on the back end of a “Kaneing”.

Surely Not Another One! Tottenham Target Another Goalkeeper

Recent reports have said that Tottenham are looking to sign Newcastle man between the sticks Tim Krul. This may come as a surprise to some after Spurs bought another goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the summer window.

The reports coming from The Sunday People say that the North London club are interested in the Dutchman, and will be a target in case Hugo Lloris leaves the club in the summer transfer window. This could well happen if Spurs miss out on Champions League football, which is one of Lloris’ priorities, playing the Europe’s elite competition.

However, the deal looks quite unlikely now after Newcastle have slapped a massive £20m price tag on the keeper to ward off any interest that any interest from other clubs. The keeper is currently sitting on the sidelines with injury watching on, but he is also watching others clubs’ interest for him in the process.

If Tottenham miss out on Champions League football, then Hugo Lloris may seek a move to either Atletico Madrid or Read Madrid.