Nuno on Kane, Newcastle and first 100 days in charge
Nuno Espirito Santo has been speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle United. The boss spoke about his first 100 days in charge and Harry Kane.
Newcastle vs Tottenham: Line-ups
New Fire in the Magpies Ranks
While there is a general expectation that Steve Bruce’s time at St James’ Park is limited, the 60-year-old is set to remain at the helm for Saturday’s clash – his 1,000th game as a manager – and he will hope to oversee his fired-up side produce their performance of the season in front of a jubilant set of supporters.
Results just have not been coming for Newcastle so far this term, as a pair of Hwang Hee-chan strikes either side of Jeff Hendrick’s effort saw Wolves beat the Magpies 2-1 on October 2, and they sit 19th in the table as one of four sides yet to claim a win in the 2021-22 campaign.
Newcastle suffering relegation after becoming one of the richest clubs in the world would be some story indeed, and fans will not be expecting a change in fortunes overnight, especially with the Magpies winning just three of their last 16 Premier League games on home soil.
A comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of NS Mura in the Europa Conference League – during which Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick – also helped to boost morale within the North Londoners ranks, and a record of three wins from their last four in all tournaments is a positive streak for Spurs on the face of it.
Both games between Newcastle and Tottenham last season finished level, but the Lilywhites have come up trumps in five of their last seven clashes at St James’ Park and have not failed to score on the Magpies’ turf in any competition since 2005.
The possible return of the Wilson-Saint Maximin partnership versus Spurs’ defensive shortages is an exciting prospect for the home crowd, and Bruce’s players will certainly be fired up from the first minute as they aim to appease the fans and the manager during his 1,000th game. Spurs have enjoyed a string of successes at St James’ Park in recent years, but their issues are still very much alive despite that much-needed win over Villa, and we have confidence in an inspired Magpies outfit to claim a point on home soil.