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Steve Bruce on borrowed time & 4 things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Newcastle

Steve Bruce on borrowed time & 4 things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Newcastle

Newcastle vs Tottenham

Sunday’s final Premier League clash played out a short time ago.

The game in question pitted Newcastle United against Tottenham at St James’ Park.

The latter headed into the tie having recently put an end to their dismal losing streak, which had seen the capital giants fall to defeat in three games in a row, all by a 3-0 scoreline.

Newcastle, on the other hand, kicked off on Sunday still searching for their first win of the season under Steve Bruce, who was taking charge of his 1,000th game as a manager.

But with the Magpies now owned by the SAPIF, it looks altogether likely that Bruce’s days at Newcastle are numbered, an assumption which will only be doubled down on based on Sunday’s result.

Newcastle’s day got off to a perfect start as Callum Wilson headed the hosts into the lead after less than three minutes.

However, Tottenham hit back after 17 minutes when Tanguy Ndombele bent a curling effort from the edge of the box past Karl Darlow.

Harry Kane then put the Lilywhites in front shortly after owing to a tight offside call, before turning provider to set up Heung-min Son in first-half injury time.

Newcastle’s misery was compounded when Jonjo Shelvey was brought on and then sent off after 82 minutes. Eric Dier scored a spectacular own goal in the 89th minute, but it was too little, too late for Newcastle, with the final whistle blowing with the score at 3-2 to Spurs – a scoreline which, in truth, flattered the hosts quite a bit.

The result, in turn, saw move Tottenham up to 5th, but left Newcastle in 19th. Here are four things 101 learned from the match.

Callum Wilson is integral to Newcastle’s survival

Newcastle of course headed into Sunday’s game looking for their first win of the season, as they aim to stave off relegation for another campaign.

And one man clearly integral to such survival hopes will be Callum Wilson.

The 29-year-old’s goals were crucial to the Magpies staying up last term, and look set to prove similarly vital once again in 2021/22.

Keeping the injury-prone Wilson fit is without question the main issue. But when he plays, the hitman is by far and away Newcastle’s biggest goal threat. And though he cannot win games on his own, Wilson’s goals will certainly help.

Ndombele can still be a top player for Tottenham

Tanguy Ndombele has had a pretty poor stint at Tottenham since his transfer from Lyon back in 2019.

The Frenchman’s time in north London then appeared to be up over the summer, when he asked to leave the club.

However, Ndombele would, in the end, stay put, and has since been integrated back into Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

The midfielder has put on some hit-and-miss displays this season, but Sunday’s game showcased the fact that, when deployed in the right position, Ndombele can be a real asset for Spurs.

Nuno used the 24-year-old in a sort of no.10/8 hybrid, with Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg tasked with more of the defensive duties.

This allowed Ndombele the freedom he needed to express himself on the pitch, which led to the Frenchman causing all sorts of problems for the hosts. He even, of course, bagged the game’s equaliser:

Harry Kane is looking sharper

Harry Kane’s hangover from the summer transfer window finally looks to be over.

The Tottenham striker had a dismal start to 2021/22, which saw last season’s Premier League top scorer and assist-getter look a shadow of his former self. In fact, before today, he had not managed to score a single league goal.

Against Newcastle, however, Kane looked much sharper, making countless runs in behind and finally ending his league goal-scoring drought, as well as providing an assist for Son:

Tottenham still have a mountain to climb if they hope to finish in the top-four/six this season, but their task will be made much more achievable if Kane can return to his best, which he now appears well on his way towards.

Steve Bruce on borrowed time & 4 things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on October 17, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Steve Bruce is on borrowed time

As soon as the Newcastle takeover was announced, speculation over Steve Bruce’s future began to fly.

In turn, after a fairly poor showing against Spurs, it is hard to see Bruce being maintained in his role much longer.

Barring a bright opening 10 minutes, Newcastle were well and truly outclassed on Sunday, and look set for a relegation scrap once again this season.

As such, if results continue in the same vein over the coming weeks, it is hard to see Bruce making it to Christmas whilst still in the Newcastle dugout.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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