Eddie Howe drops £117m trio: Newcastle United’s predicted starting XI v Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United’s predicted starting XI to face Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has a number of difficult selection calls to make against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

Starting in defence, Howe will need to decide whether to stick with Dan Burn at left-back or recall Matt Targett after the Blyth-born defender came under some harsh criticism for his performance in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday.

In midfield, Sean Longstaff dropped out of the starting XI but only because of illness. Howe confirmed on Friday that the Geordie is back to full health - so will that mean an immediate recall?

Meanwhile, top goal scorer Miguel Almiron made his comeback from a thigh injury as a substitute at Villa Park following a four-game absence. And of course, the dilemma Howe faces every week - Callum Wilson or Alexander Isak?

Here’s the Newcastle starting XI NewcastleWorld is predicting Howe to name - which includes three changes:

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