Newcastle are already definitely missing a minimum of six of the team who beat Spurs last season at White Hart Lane, though incredibly that could increase to eight or nine when Alan Pardew names his side to face Tottenham tomorrow lunchtime.
Tim Krul and Moussa Sissoko appear the only two players guaranteed to play tomorrow who were in last season’s starting eleven in the same fixture.
Though Yoan Gouffran will almost certainly join them due to the sheer lack of options in the squad, the Frenchman having scored no goals in ten months and he continues to contribute just about as much when it comes to elsewhere on the pitch.
With Alan Pardew indicating Steven Taylor should keep his place, it means there would be no return visit for Mike Williamson in the starting 11.
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While Cheick Tiote must be extremely doubtful after failing to complete the warm up before the Leicester match and dropping out injured.
Cabaye, Debuchy, Shola, Mapou and Remy (see his winning goal below) are no longer at the club, while Davide Santon is long-term injured.
So this whole starting eleven from last season will definitely not be appearing tomorrow;
Predictably Pardew and his players have talked at length to the media about the possibility of repeating last season’s win and being quite happy to suggest this is possible.
Alan Pardew commenting;
“We went to Spurs last season and put in a fantastic performance and we will go back there with good memories.”
Well our first team from just under a year ago is now a distant memory, with only a relentless optimist believing that the team named tomorrow will have anything like the quality of the side that beat Spurs on their own turf.