Newcastle will be without Shola Ameobi due to his perennial hamstring problem, but the lads will also be without their influential captain Kevin Nolan, who is suspended.
Kevin Nolan – misses the game this afternoon through suspension
Kevin picked up his 5th yellow card of the season on Sunday, and will not be available today, so it will be interesting who Alan brings in to replace the 28 year-old Liverpudlian.
Alan Pardew could play in a 4-4-2 formation and bring in the dangerous Nile Ranger to partner Andy Carroll up front, but we expect Alan to play 4-5-1 and bring in either Smith or Guthrie to replace Nolan in midfield.
But of course Barton and Tiote in central midfield would be strong enough to allow Pardew to play in a more attacking option – but Newcastle have to start picking up some points soon, that’s for sure.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Kevin will be a big miss because of his influence in the dressing room and on the pitch,”
“But we have good players to come in and give someone else an opportunity. We’ll go to Spurs on a positive note.”
“He might be traveling because he’s someone I might want to have with us anyway. I don’t know if I’ll ask him, but I might tell him to come.”
Maybe that statement about being positive, could point to Nile Ranger getting his first start in the Premier League today.
Certainly the Tottenham defense is not the strongest part of their game, and maybe Allan will see that as a weakness, and will send the two strong tall strikers in there – to play havoc at the back.
We wouldn’t mind seeing that at all.