Martin Keown has identified two players who could disturb Tottenham ahead of their clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
This is the first game at St James’ Park since the Tyneside side were taken over last week, and the atmosphere on the ground is bound to be difficult for Tottenham to deal with.
Nonetheless, after the Lilywhites find their way back to victory before the international break with a win over Aston Villa, Nuno Espirito Santo will be confident his side can get three points.
Newcastle are now one of the richest clubs in the world, although they are unable to improve their squad just yet so – on paper at least – it should be a three-point routine for Tottenham .
However, Steve Bruce’s side still have some exciting talent at their disposal, including Allan Saint-Maximin, someone who Keown believes could cause serious trouble at Tottenham’s backline.
“Newcastle can really attack Spurs,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column.
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 road victory this season was at Wolves, where they were fortunate that the hosts were unable to convert any of their 25 moves.
“Newcastle will have chances, especially if they put the ball early in Allan Saint-Maximin’s dancing feet. He has been electric, carrying the ball farther than any other Premier League player this season and creating the most occasions of these races.
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The Magpies could also be boosted by the return of their main scorer, Callum Wilson, who has injured his thigh in recent weeks.
“The inclusion of Callum Wilson, if he’s fit enough to feature, will be a major boost. He, more than anyone, will benefit from the twists and turns and creativity of Saint-Maximin, ”added Keown.
“Wilson has that predatory instinct and is a good number 9 who can wreak havoc in the Tottenham defense.”
Newcastle are undoubtedly a bigger threat with Saint-Maximin and Wilson back in the squad and Spurs will have to be at their best if they are to stop them.