Tottenham Hotspur players had a good World Cup with England going through to the semi-finals before finishing in 4th place after losing 2-0 to Belgium last Saturday.
England’s “success” was totally unexpected and has given a lift to the England fans as well as to the players.
Those players now need at least three weeks off to recover.
If they come back early, they risk being fatigued and maybe suffering injuries, so we don’t expect a strong side to visit Newcastle in the early kickoff game on 11th August for our first game of the season against Spurs.
Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the World Cup for scoring the most number of goals – six in total with three of those penalties.
Harry Kane in action during World Cup
And Harry, unfortunately, didn’t manage to score in the knockout rounds.
But Kane has said he hopes to be ready for the Newcastle game, but we doubt he will make it and in any case, he has never scored a Premier League goal in August.
Let’s hope that continues this year.
This is what Harry has said about his time off after the World Cup:
“I’ll hopefully be back for the first game and hopefully, I can try and score in August this year,”
“Not many people get to say they’ve won a golden boot in a World Cup, it’s a big achievement.
“I said before coming into the tournament I wanted to prove I could do it in these big tournaments.
“You’re playing the best teams in the world at the end of the day, you’re not going to get five or 10 chances a game. You have to take what you’re given.”
“I’ve had a couple that I feel I could have done better with, especially in the semi-final but that’s part of being a striker: you’re going to miss some and you’re going to score some.”
“Set-plays are a big part of the game so if I score every goal from a set-play I’m not too bothered.”
“We’ll have to talk to the gaffer at Spurs, but it will be a couple of weeks away.”
“Physically your body will always take you where you’d never think it would.”
“The important thing is mentally. It will be difficult but something we have to deal with.”
“We train all year round, we’re young, we’re fit, your body gets on with it.”
“For me personally, and I know for the other lads, it’s just getting away from football really.”
“It’s hard, but it’s what we have to do with the season starting so quickly.”
Newcastle did very well against Tottenham in our first game last season until Jonjo Shelvey stupidly got himself sent off early in that second half and we lost 2-0.
Hopefully, Jonjo will not be sent off next season at all, since he seems to be controlling his demons on the pitch much better during the second half of the season.
It would be a great way to start the season if we can get a home win on 11th August with our first six league games being very tough.
Our first three home games are against Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
August 11 Tottenham (H)
August 18 Cardiff (A)
August 25 Chelsea (H)
September 1 Manchester City (A)
September 15 Arsenal (H)
September 22 Crystal Palace (A)
September 29 Leicester City (H)
October 6 Manchester United (A)
That’s five top six teams in our first eight games.
If we can do well at home in those first three games, we could be flying!