Spurs stuttering forward line to give Toon a chance?

Playing silky football, not many goals though

Playing silky football, not many goals though

It’s mid-week, and while we may wish to continue to bask in what was a fine win against Chelsea, it is time to consign that one to the “well done” pile, and look forward to our next Premier League fixture – Tottenham away.

In years gone by, we looked at Spurs as a home banker, and a chance to nick a point away, but in recent years Spurs have propelled themselves towards the top 4, while Newcastle seem to have hit their glass ceiling in mid-table. While we cannot exactly complain about some of the talent that currently lines out for United – Krul, Debuchy, Cabaye et al, they really do pale in comparison to Spurs’ squad, not only in the quality of their first 11, but in the sheer depth in quality that runs throughout their squad.

Over the summer Tottenham sold Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee reportedly over £85 million. Instead of pocketing the cash, or by spreading out investing that money over a few years or claim that some of the money was to be spent on agent’s fees, or contracts, Spurs actually went out and invested the vast proportion of that money. With it they signed the likes of Paulinho, Soldado, Lamela, Eriksen to name but a few, and few could argue that they have dramatically improved the depth and quality within their squad.

However, with all this attacking prowess in their squad, Tottenham’s success this season seems to be based on their defence, rather than offence. Scoring just 9 goals in 10 games, but conceding just 5 would seem to indicate that. Over the weekend I conducted a miniature scouting mission by watching Spurs take on Everton at Goodison Park, and while Dawson and Criches had Lukaku in their back pocket for the whole game, Soldado also cut a lonely figure up front as Tottenham’s no 9.

Personally, I think this Spurs team is just getting used to one another, and when they are all on the same wavelength, they will be a different animal entirely, but until then, can teams be capitalising on their inability to create clear-cut chances? More importantly, can Newcastle United capitalise?

In recent games Williamson and M’biwa have proven a solid, if unspectacular centre half pairing, and I would be comfortable in the thought that both these men could contain Soldado up front by himself. If we can get some form of a foothold in midfield, where Tottenham possess some serious fire-power, then we could be in with a chance of nicking a point, or maybe something more.

So long as we show the same passion, desire and commitment that we shown in our last match against Chelsea, we will be a match for anyone. It just depends what Newcastle United will show up on the day.

What do you think? Do we stand a chance against Spurs this weekend? Who would you select to start to combat certain threats?

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6 comments

  1. AVB GO AND BRING EKOTTO BACK TO WHL AND GET THE BRAZILIAN CENTRE FORWARD WHO PLAYS IN THE BRAZILIAN LEAGUE OR SOUTH AMERICAN LEAGUE WHOSE NAME ESCAPES ME RIGHT NOW , HE IS SIX FOOT PLUS AND IS THE PROPER LOOK FOR A STRIKER WE CHASED HIM ALL LAST SUMMER TO NO AVAIL HIS BRAZILIAN CLUB AND AGENT TRY TO LURE DANIEL LEVY INTO A MONEY TRAP BUT DANIEL IS TO SHREWED FOR THAT CRAP , SOLDADO HAS HAD HIS CHANCE ITS TIME TO GIVE ADEBYOR AND DEFOE A CHANCE TO A NON EXISTING STRIKE FORCE .

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    1. Defoe is not the answer…Soldado has had a poor start in terms of goals but his general link up play is better, as his three assists can attest to. Last year Defoe went 13 league games without a goal or an assist and that was in a settled team. New strikers aren’t the answer – finding the right balance and tactics for our current squad is. In my opinion, I’d scrap the inverted wingers and try playing both Eriksen and Hotlby at home. But that’s just me…

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  2. Spurs fan here. You definitely stand a chance – I agree with you that we now have a great squad, but also that we’re still waiting for that squad to really settle into a rhythm. Until that happens I think we leave the door open for any opposition, as West Ham showed a few weeks ago. I’m pleased with how we’re doing so far and can’t understand why so many Spurs fans are moaning when it’s such early days, but we’re definitely in a stage where we’re vulnerable if the opposition really turns up.

    Despite our solid defence this year you have players like Remy and Cabaye that can hurt us so I think it’ll all depend on whether Spurs can find a way through. If we score first, I’d fancy us to win. If it gets to 60 or 70mins at 0-0 I’ll be seriously worried about a late Remy goal and all three points winging their way up to Tyneside…

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    1. Always a pleasure to get a perspective of another team’s fans to balance our black and white tinted view on things.

      I agree with you on Soldado, think he is an excellent player who just needs to find his groove with his new team mates. While we do have some individually great players, I do not think we can harm you as a unit, whereas having watched how well some of your midfield, and even defensive players link into your style of play, it is a joy to watch.

      While against Everton there were few chances created, seeing Walker and Vertonghen be influential parts of your passing game was excellent. Paulinho is a top player, and being able to bring players like Dembele from the bench makes me incredibly jealous.

      Wish you all the best for this season (except this weekend of course!)

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      1. We do have a bit of an embarrassment of riches in midfield at the moment…probably even on par with City, Chelsea and Arsenal when they all settle, and that’s really nice to see! I genuinely think at some point we’ll click in a game and just destroy someone by five or six goals…but I still think it’s too soon for that so I think it’ll be a tight affair on Sunday.

        Be an interesting game, either way. While I’m still a little bit sore that St James Park summed up our “nearly” season last year – with us narrowly losing there in the first week of the season and Arsenal narrowly winning there on the last meaning they scraped above us yet again – I think Newcastle are a good club and generally like to see your lot do well, along with Everton and a couple of others. Again, ideally not this weekend though!

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        1. Well all I want to see from our lads is a decent shift and an honest performance. If we can unsettle your midfield and keep it tight with 20 minutes to go, perhaps we could nick something.

          Our problem is you just don’t know what Newcastle United will show up. Will it be the resolute and hard-working Newcastle that beat Chelsea? Or the flat and uninterested Newcastle that allowed bottom place Sunderland beat us in what should have been our biggest game of the season?

          We should be doing so much better, but with Ashley at the helm, mid-table is our lot. Could be a while before we’re chatting about pushing the top 6 again.

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