Why Spurs Unlikely To Be In Title Contention At Newcastle


Tottenham are in a very difficult position to catch Leicester City in the Premier League after The Foxes gained a valuable point at Old Trafford yesterday in the 1-1 draw.

Tottenham are now 8 points behind Leicester with three games to go, so they must win their game at Stamford Bridge tonight to stay in it.

If they only draw they are 7 points behind with two games to play.

And even if they win tonight they are still 5 points behind and will need to win both their remaining games and Leicester lose both of theirs – if Spurs are to win the Premier League title for the first time.

harry redknapp qpr

Harry Redknapp – former  QPR manager

Stranger things have happened for sure, but it´s very difficult for Spurs, although still not yet impossible.

Harry Redknapp has alluded to that in the Mail today when he was talking about former Tottenham player Andros Townsend and contrasting his fortunes at Newcastle to that of our other English signing in January,  Jonjo Shelvey.

This is what Harry has said:

When Andros Townsend joined Newcastle, I thought he could be the missing piece in the jigsaw that kept them up.

It hasn’t quite worked out like and there is a long way to go but that superb free-kick could be one of the biggest goals of his career.

He’s a talented boy and England fans know what he can do. He’s not always the most consistent but he has been so important for Rafa Benitez in recent weeks.

The same can’t be said for his fellow January joiner Jonjo Shelvey.

He has gone from captaining the side to making cameos from the bench. Newcastle are still my favorites to stay up but they must hope Chelsea win on Monday night.

The last thing they want is to face a Spurs team with something to play for on the final day.

In fact, as we mentioned Chelsea need only draw tonight and that would mean Tottenham cannot win the Premier League this season.

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150 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Spurs have to win their next two before they meet us for this to even be a potential issue.

    Assuming Leicester don’t win against Everton as well.

    Spurs are a professional outfit and are a hard opposition, even if they wont still be going for the title. Hopefully it’s all done and dusted by the final game anyway, our safety that is.

    Everton have a big role to play at both ends of the table it seems. Play Leicester, Sunderland and then Norwich. Loss, win, win please Roberto.

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Be interesting if Townesend goes to the euros!
    Big favourite of Roys when he warming the spurs bench yet now hes tearing it up at Newcastle he’ll probably miss out.. Something to mull there

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Not surprised to see Lascelles doing well! Am surprised at how his leadership qualities have developed!
    Said in September, his aerial ability alone should have had him start as we lacked that and im willing to bet hes in the top 3 for heading in the league! Hes scored some important goals! For me 2016 is the year of the proper defender! Huth, Morgan, Lascelles…
    Guy on the radio compared how rafa is setting us up to Simeone. He Said so few teams these days actually know how to defend properly and too few managers know how to organise a defence without beconing a containing park the bus team which is why Leicester have been so successful and why Rafa is having such a big impact!
    Rafas got us so organised!

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  • BandB

    May 2, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    less

    Will another last day of the season escape prove hat Jail has been wrong about Ashley for years while his apologists have been vindicated?

    Just a thought 🙂

    This is no time for an Ashley bust-up.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda,
    I’m not having second thoughts on him as Rafa was forced on him and had we been in Stoke or WBA’s position we’d have had Mclaren for the next eight years. But I don’t see the point in boycotting games if he’s going to.back a top manager with funds. I’m not going to worry about him sh*tting on Rafa until he does, surely if he does though he must know that the next step would be bankruptcy.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Jay…Very true. There is a big difference between being a defensive / negative manager and being a defensive / organised one.

    The formation is the same one that frustrated us so many times before, but formation only means so much. It’s the plan, determination, approach and execution that is different.

    What a difference a proper manager makes. Who’d have thought it?

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  • martoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Jayphoto – His rivals are Sterling and Walcott who are hardly pulling up trees at the moment so he has a chance.

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda

    Please don’t get shirty

    I am just trying to help

    You “2nd thoughts” translation is too literal.
    Jail understood it because he’s English.

    A Spaniard would be confused because segundos can mean seconds (60th of a minute) as well.

    A Spaniard would say “te lo arrepientes” (you will regret or repent it )

    I’m not trying to be a clever dicky just trying to assist you linguistically .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    There’s normally always one surprise at the end, I hope he does go. Unless we go down, has an absolute blinder and leaves for 8M 🙁

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    @ibiza – can see the work on the pitch too, the movement amazing amongst the back 4 and 2 centre mids is almost robotic in cohesion. Reminds me of American football.
    Crazy to think we’ve started anita, dummett, darlow and Cisse too…
    Chances are we’ll sign a gk rb, lb, cb, cm and cf if we stay up. Be quite exciting to see what Rafa can do with the right players for what he wants to do.
    Think you can pretty much guarentee we’ll see Krul, Janmaat and Cisse leave. Colo perhaps too. Taylor out of contract too so they’ll need to bring some in!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib,
    Did your Spanish waiter tell you that. I hope your drinking coffee, a bit early for the San Miguel.

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    You could also use
    “tener mis dudas”
    To have doubts

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Can’t help thinking Armstrong would have been a use! By far our most mobile striker! Rafa has set us up like his liverpool side and expects a really mobile striker to run into channels. Armas young but he can run for days and really stretch teams.
    Only league 1 but hes done it this year in a poor team against seasoned pros trying to kick lumps out of him.

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  • Bambams

    May 2, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Surely we are due a break…

    A penalty to us or an opposition player sent off, an injury to Defoe…

    I know others have said it but why the hell did they not bring Rafa in earlier. We could all see for all of Mac’s efforts (not a bad bloke) we were lacking leadership and we were definitely going down under him.

    I can see SDJ scoring in one of our last two games, don’t know why but given his career with us has never taken off I just get this feeling we will be indebted to him.

    Football is a funny old game

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Jay…They’re playing for each other too. Great stuff.

    For once, I am not looking that far ahead at all.

    This could be the first time a real clean slate is provided for the club to build upon.

    Interested to know why you think Krul will be gone though?

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail
    Be nice
    Cut back on the sarkiness
    Just trying to help

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s not just about organisation it’s about getting them to believe that he is here to win things instead of McCarvew telling them they had to finish tenth, something the first one was decidedly better at than the following two.

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  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    B&B

    Jail, wrong? Never….

    But in any event, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    If all the positives fall into place, we might even hear calls for Ashley’s beatification never mind parole.

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  • martoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    My nagging worry is that Rafa keeps us up but then Ashley starts playing silly b*gg*rs with his constraints about transfers etc. Rafa says up yours and walks away to take the Spanish National job

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    I posted this earlier

    http://www.fichajes.net/noticias/newcastle-interesa-lucas-orban-20160501.html

    This article is really interesting not because of it’s main content (which is interesting enough ) but the implications behind it.

    Valencias Argentinian left back Lucas Orban was pursued by the Toon in the winter window – instead he went on loan to Levante.

    This loan has been a nightmare for him , he has only played twice.

    Newcastle have renewed their interest for an outright purchase in June .

    What is REALLY interesting – it has been Rafa talking to the Mestalla about buying him !

    Read into that what you will ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Just messing Jib.
    Que tengas un buen dia!

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  • BandB

    May 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22

    Lesh

    This is no time for score settling around Ashley.
    This is a Dunkirk scenario, not a glowing victory.
    People already started with the “we have the basis of a top 10 team” malarkey.
    They did this last season, donning their rose tinted glasses to assess a team that had just set all sorts of records for footballing awfulness.
    Rafa, with one of the performances of his career, has turned us into a team just good enough to beat an out-of-form Palace at home.
    We need a lot of work. Even if all goes well, I think he’ll be offering us blood, sweat and tears before the end of the beginning dawns.
    Luckily Rafa knows that.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    I would just like to say, despite generally not liking the tendency to use nicknames to make points…
    ‘McCarvew’ is just brilliant!

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  • martoon

    May 2, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib @20 – You could read that it Rafa is staying or you could read it that they used Rafa for his Spanish to save on a translator fee! 🙂

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Jayphoto
    I remember an interview when Rafa first come to us , the interviewer said something like “but Newcastle’s defensive record is rubbish”.

    Rafa said that the defense was the least of his worries as it would be the easiest to sort out .

    ..he just shrugged his shoulders , and said “it’s just a simple matter of organisation “.

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #26

    @ibiza – 1 year on his contract left, seemingly had gone stagnant before his injury and we currently Elliott and Darlow who are both proving to be able keepers aswell as Woodman who apparently is quite something.
    More so though that at every job hes had benitez has used a keeper with above average distribution. he seems to favour a keeper at home with the ball at his feet aswell as a keeper quick off his line! Probably all kruls weaknesses there

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  • Jib

    May 2, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Martoon
    Charnley’s Spanish is pretty good actually

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    Jay…Fair points. Hadn’t realised he was about to enter the last year of his contract.

    Still, you’d have thought that Rafa could work on those areas of his game.

    Nice problem to have.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib

    Cheers, I was thinking of using dudas and you’re right it probably was too literal.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    jay

    i’m a bit surprised rafa didn’t bring his specialist goal keeping coach with him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    sitc,
    I think it’s Tsunkis creation, sums the three of them up in one word.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail…Tbf, I think there are already several words that summed them three up.

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33

    @rotonda – apparently the keeper coach we have is good? My personal guess is that certain members of rafas usual staff that are already contracted elsewhere didn’t want to come till the summer incase we went down and they were out of a job after 3 months?
    Wouldn’t surprise me to see some backroom additions if we stay up

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m surprised to hear that Churners speaks Spanish as we’re not even sure that he speaks English, we only know he exists from that photo with him holding his mobile phone looking like he’s just followed through!

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    @ibiza – reckon Krul might need a move himself?
    Whenever ive seen him live he seems to moan and complain the whole game, always looks miserable! Might just have one of those faces mind..
    I personally doubt he’ll sign a new deal which will mean the club will cash in, especially with who theyve got in reserve. All respect to krul but you could replace him with a la liga or bundesliga keeper thats younger and at least as good fairly cheaply

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  • sing in the corner

    May 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    One of the (many) things I can’t fathom about the toon is how / why Ayoze has stagnated this season. And surprisingly he hasn’t really showed any signs of rejuvenation yet since Rafa landed.
    It was good to see Rafa putting an arm around him on the final whistle on Saturday, no doubt advising him to get his head up and square the ball to Townsend for a virtual tap in near the end, as someone else pointed out earlier.

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    Also! Throwing it out there, the brother in law owns a company in Birmingham, fits all the air con in expensive properties etc and as such meets quite a few football related people! Reckons hes heard Benteke to newcastle is a goer for a big loss in what Liverpool paid if we stay up.

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  • hibbitt

    May 2, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    charnley speaks fluent spanish
    often see him and colo on a thursday night in loch fyne

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  • jayphoto

    May 2, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #39

    Personally think perez isn’t quite as good as he’s sometimes made out to be.. He works hard, has good feet but he lacks passing and shooting ability. Both things he could work on. He’s still young but realistically he wouldn’t start for many Premier league sides and for me is better off the bench

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 2, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Everyone’s opinion counts but I honestly don’t know where some people get them from. We have Veltman ready to replace Lascelles with Colo and this from Nufc-83 // May 2, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    “Bobby Mbabu was a CB by trade but could obv play fb. I don’t think he’s the future as he will never have the attacking capability required for a modern day full back.”

    No offence lads but these are typical of some of the things stated on this blog that old Blackas shakes his head at. And of course a lot of what Jib comes out with.

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