Newcastle vs Tottenham: 3 weaknesses in Spurs’ opening day XI

It’s a repeat fixture of last year’s opening weekend as Tottenham make the trip to St James’ Park.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

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Tottenham begin their 2018/19 campaign amid a cloud of turmoil. Mauricio Pochettino was ultimately denied the ‘transfer war chest’ promised upon signing his new contract at the end of last season, and Spurs became the only club in Premier League history not to make a signing in the summer transfer window.

READ: The winners and losers of the summer transfer window

On paper, the squad that ended the 2017/18 season is strong — and a fully fit Lucas Moura with a full pre-season under his belt adds strength in depth — but with injuries continuously mounting and nine World Cup stars only recently returning to training, it leaves the Argentine with something of a selection headache on the weekend. The wrong sort, that is.

This assumes that Spurs use a 4-3-3, although the same points apply for a 4-2-3-1. Moreover, the caveat is that Pochettino could rush back his World Cup participants or spring a tactical surprise or two, but here are the three perceived weaknesses in Spurs’ potential starting XI:

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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_