Ahead of the eagerly anticipated return of Premier League football at St. James’ Park on Sunday, we are looking to bring you a view from the other side before each and every game over the coming season, interviewing an opposing fan to gain their thoughts on NUFC, some insights into their club and their feelings ahead of the upcoming game.
Here we start with Tottenham, and we’ve been asking a few questions to avid Tottenham fan Olly, who’s had the following to say ahead of this Sunday’s clash at St. James’ Park:
Q1 – How have you (Tottenham) fared over pre-season? We’re interested to know what sort of shape you’re in entering the new season?
We’ve been decent, I try never to get too excited about pre-season! Looked class at Wembley against Juventus which put my mind at ease because we haven’t obviously been very good there. On the flip side we were shambolic against City which was an eye opener!
Q2 – What do you make of NUFC’s current side? Which players do you deem to be potential threats & who do you feel are our weaknesses that you could exploit?
“I don’t know too much about Newcastle at the minute purely for the fact I don’t pay a great deal of attention to the championship (no offence!).
“It’s pretty obvious Gayle has always been a danger and I’m still having nightmares about what he did against us for Crystal Palce.
“I’ve also been impressed from what I’ve seen of Shelvey, and Atsu seems like a pacey lad which Ben Davies always seems to struggle against.”
Q3 – Likewise, who do you feel are the strengths & weaknesses in your Spurs side – any players for us to watch out for on Sunday?
“If you’d have asked me a few days ago I’d be very confident going into this game, no major injury concerns would mean that we’d be going in with a full strength XI. However, after the absolute nightmare Danny Rose situation we obviously could be starting with a weaker left side which is always a worry!
“Obviously, you’ll need to watch out for Kane as the kid can score goals. I do think it’s hard to pick absolute stand out players in our team though, players like Eriksen, Dele and Moussa (Dembele) can be an unstoppable force on their day.”
Q4 – How do you see the match panning out?
“It’s so hard to call. Newcastle on their first game back in the Premier League is a terrifying thought. I can’t not back us against a newly promoted team though so I’ll have to go with 3-1 Spurs.”
Q5 – How do you see both sides faring over the season? Where do you think we’ll both finish?
“I’d like to think we can still clinch top 4, baring any huge injuries and we actually bring some rotation players in I’d say we finish 4th.
“I think you’ll stay up and probably finish up around 12th.”
Q6 – Moussa Sissoko. He hardly set the world alight at Newcastle yet managed to manoeuvre a £30 move to yourselves. What are your thoughts on him?
“Without beating around the bush he was awful last season, probably our worst player.
“Every touch he had seemed to just fall to pieces. However, against Juve in pre season he actually had a solid game so maybe he can turn it around? Or take the rumoured moved to Turkey, I’d be happy either way.”
An interesting assessment from Olly. Anything that stands out for you? Let us know your thoughts.