Former player Alan Hutton worried for Tottenham Hotspur after takeover at Newcastle United ahead of PL showdown
In conversation with Football Insider (h/t Football.london), Alan Hutton has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur may have to suffer from growing competition after the Newcastle United takeover.
Tottenham Hotspur haven’t managed to compete at a top-level as consistently as they would have liked in the past couple of seasons. The Lilywhites seemed to be headed in the right direction with Mauricio Pochettino who took them to the UEFA Champions League final in 2019 but a disastrous campaign after that meant that the Argentine was sacked.
Jose Mourinho couldn’t achieve any great feat with Spurs either and Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping to work his charm on the North London club as their current manager. Tottenham Hotspur have had an indifferent start to the season as they have lost 3 out of 7 matches in the Premier League this season.
Their inconsistent form is also marred by the fact that their main striker Harry Kane is yet to open his goal-scoring account in the PL this campaign. With all of the turbulence going around at the club in recent years the Tottenham Supporters Trust has also voiced their frustration against the way their club is being run.
The former Spurs player has gone on to highlight what he thinks can be a problem for Tottenham and some of the bigger clubs in the future with the recent £300m Newcastle takeover:
“A lot of these clubs, you can see what their fear is. It’s about dropping down the pecking order again. Tottenham went out, they were one of the top four teams in the country. They have the big new stadium, the training ground. But in the actual market, they have not had the backing they want over the last three, four years……He’s [Levy] now seeing another massive power coming in. A shift in power, if you want, that’s going to knock them down a peg or two. They don’t want that.”
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The Lilywhites have been going through a rough patch and haven’t laid hands on a trophy in 13 years now. Nuno will have a tough job on his hands to try and get this team to win on a more consistent level. Newcastle may emerge as a tougher opponent in the near future with the kind of resources that the new owners possess and that could be a valid threat for the North Londoners.