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Newcastle vs Spurs: Five Key Questions Ahead Of Kick-Off

11 August 2017, 11:52 | Jodi Jackson

'Because to make Wembley home and to change the perception from the fans and feel in the end that Wembley can help us to be better and achieve our dream is a big, big job'.

Never before or since has a Tottenham side managed by Mauricio Pochettino suffered such brutal humiliation as they did at St James' Park on May 15, 2016. The football punditry on Tottenham's window has ranged from aghast indignation that Spurs don't seem to be even trying to improve their squad, to proclamations that Pochettino is playing multidimensional chess by improving the squad through keeping (nearly) all of his best players and promoting from Spurs' impressive academy.

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle averaged a goal every 93 minutes in the Championship last season, scoring 23 goals; he also scored in his last top-flight appearance against Spurs for Crystal Palace in January 2015. There are still three weeks left in this summer transfer window; that's plenty of time to bring some players in. It's a long season, and winning the league is hard. This weekend's opener will yield some early clues about their Premier League pedigree.

If the ankle injury that Kieran Trippier sustained on Saturday proves serious, then Pochettino would be faced with starting the new season with Kyle Walker-Peters as his only recognised right back. We didn't play that badly a year ago but we will be more used to Wembley this time. Spurs are flexible in that they have two formations that are very effective in the Premier League and they will switch between them as the season progresses. We made 314 interceptions last season in the league, the least for any side in the competition.

'But now I think we have ahead a big challenge because it's not only to fight with the big clubs but another thing is to try to make home, Wembley. They cause a lot of problems in the final third and provide the service Harry Kane needs to thrive.

Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Leicester City on Friday night, while Manchester United are preparing to welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in their season curtain raiser. Spurs would have wanted to avoid them if they could.

The 27-year-old understands that the clock is ticking and that, more importantly, Spurs don't come across as a club capable of claiming silverware. While Tottenham fans have been moaning about Rose's comments, there is little truth in the fact that he is not making as much as some of the other stars in the Spurs side.

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