David Ginola has been comparing and contrasting Newcastle United and Tottenham.
That is 2016 Tottenham and…1996 vintage Newcastle United.
The former Newcastle winger believes there are big similarities between the respective title pushes, albeit 20 years apart.
David Ginola thinks that inexperience could cost Tottenham, just as he believes it did Newcastle in that 1995/96 season.
The player turned pundit going along the line of thinking that because Spurs don’t have a lot of experience of winning the Premier League before, it could be a vital factor.
Going back those 20 years, David Ginola was one of the few who had won a league title, having helped PSG win Ligue 1 in 1993/94 before moving to Tyneside.
United actually brought in some Premier League (First Divison with Leeds 1991/92) winning experience halfway through that season, with David Batty joining from Blackburn.
That season has a lot of myths, including the one about Newcastle’s defence being a massive weakness – United only conceding two more goals than Man U.
Ginola talks about the Liverpool game setting in motion the downfall but Newcastle actually won four of the next five – it should have been five out of five as they took the lead at Blackburn but threw the game away with Shaka Hislop having a shocker.
Man Utd simply went on a great run and Newcastle lost a few games in the second half of the season.
David Ginola talking to Sky Sports:
“Maybe this season for Spurs, the little issue could be the lack of experience – the same thing that we had at Newcastle United back in 1995/96.
“We were 12 points clear of Manchester United and we lost the title by three (ED: Was actually four points) points – because of that lack of experience.
“Most of the players had not been in the situation to be able to win the league – when we lost that game against Liverpool it was the starting point of a reverse process.
“We started to think ‘oh we can lose games’ and if you have got the experience then you can manage that in the dressing room, be cool – cool down a little bit.
“That will probably be the only thing at Spurs this season, the lack of experience.”