Frank McAvennie believes that Tottenham could be in trouble if Callum Wilson is available for Newcastle ahead of the meeting between the two sides next weekend.
The Lowdown: Wilson could be fit
The 29-year-old started the season in top form for the Magpies, scoring twice in the first three Premier League games (Transfermarkt).
However, since the 2-2 draw at Southampton in late August, he has not played a minute in any competition due to a hamstring injury, but it is being reported that the striker could be available to face Spurs once domestic football returns following the end of the current international break.
The Latest: McAvennie fires Spurs warning
“If he’s back, that’s massive, that’s the game Wilson wants to play in.
“He is going to be up against a pretty poor Tottenham defence and he is a striker who will punish you if you slip up.
“Me, as a striker, I would play against that defence all day long and twice on Sunday.
“It doesn’t matter, if you come up against a striker who knows how to pull you about and create space, you’re in trouble.
“If Newcastle are on it, which they should be, any ball over the top will have Eric Dier scrambling.
“Wilson will fancy that I’m sure. He loves scoring and he has a great chance to get a couple in my opinion.”
The Verdict: Difficult task
Spurs have not been in the best form this season, losing three of their first seven Premier League matches (Sky Sports). However, they are doing considerably better than the Magpies, who are without a win in any competition this term. The Tynesiders may have been taken over by a Saudi Arabian consortium in recent days, but they will not be able to spend any of the money now at their disposal until January (BBC).
Will Tottenham beat Newcastle?
Newcastle’s leading scorer last season with 12 goals, £19.8m-valued Wilson (Transfermarkt) is the best striker at Steve Bruce’s disposal right now, and having the England international available would provide his team with a massive boost. Spurs have conceded 10 goals in the Premier League already, so Nuno Espirito Santo and his team could indeed be in for a challenging Sunday afternoon if the 29-year-old is fit to feature for the visit of the north Londoners to St James’ Park.
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