A 1-3 defeat would usually suggest that Newcastle didn’t put up too much of a fight, however, the scoreline certainly flattered Tottenham. Bruce’s side performed well on the night but the Magpies were made to pay for three moments of suicidal defending. Both Jonjo Shelvey and Allan Saint-Maximin were shining lights for Newcastle.
Matt Ritchie offered hope with an absolute rocket of an equaliser, that hope was short lived, in fact the hope lasted all of 4 minutes.
Fabian Schär had yet another game to forget, the Switzerland international carelessly ventured forward far too many times and was caught napping. The bigger picture is that this match didn’t matter, the club are safe from relegation and at the moment are sleepwalking towards the end of the season. There’s not much motivation there to really give 100%. Could it be time for some of the youngsters to be given some game time in the final two games of the season?
Where is Fabian Schär?
Schärmade a number of mistakes again against Spurs in what has been a dreadful run of form since the restart. The former Basel player doesn’t look interested anymore and it is a huge cause for concern. The defender was caught out on far too many occasions and Newcastle were duly punished for it.
There will be questions around Schär’sfuture at the club whether a takeover happens or not. The attitude shown in recent weeks has been nothing short of pathetic, hopefully the Schär of old does return, however, it doesn’t look like there is a way back for Schär. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he is shipped out in the transfer window.
Injuries, injuries and more injuries
Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, Andy Carroll and Sean Longstaff were all unavailable for the game against Spurs. While Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune will not feature again this season. Add to that Saint-Maximin hobbled off at full time with a calf injury and Schar dislocated his shoulder. The injuries are mounting for Bruce and it is more about getting those players ready for the start of next season now.
Bruce will have a threadbare squad for the final two games of the season, making it even more difficult to gain another point during this campaign.
Spurs’ ruthless attack
Spurs had 8 shots and 5 on target of which, 3 were converted. In comparison Newcastle had a staggering 22 shots and 6 on target, converting 1. Those stats alone show Newcastle’s lack of an out and out Premier League goalscorer.
Spurs were by no means at their best but in Harry Kane they have a ruthless striker, who’s hunger for goals is there for all to see. Had the Spurs striker been in the Newcastle team (One can dream) you would put your mortgage on him bagging at least a hat trick with the chances Newcastle created.
Takeover saga rumbles on
The proposed takeover of Newcastle has rumbled on and on, to the point that it is now negatively impacting the club. Newcastle cannot plan for next season and the upcoming transfer window as they simply do not know who will be in charge. The club are in limbo thanks to the incompetence of the Premier League, who continue to drag their heels.
The saga not only impacts new signings coming in and the overall plans for next season, it impacts the current set of players and manager who do not know where their future lies. In particular Bruce, who has seen other names being consistently linked to his job should a takeover go through.
The Premier League have had more than enough time to come to a decision, as each day passes in complete silence the situation becomes more and more ridiculous.