Newcastle United star handed ban after Tottenham loss as Eddie Howe handed new concern - five things

Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England.
Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. | Getty Images
Newcastle United suffered a heavy defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

A walk in the park. Tottenham Hotspur will get very few home games like that one.

While they were excellent from minute one to 45, Newcastle, defensively, at least, made it very easy for them to romp to a three-goal, 4-1 win on home turf.

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It was another heavy defeat for the Magpies, who came off the back of a 3-0 loss at Everton. And it appears, particularly away from St James' Park, things are catching up with Newcastle in the bread and butter of the Premier League.

Here's FIVE key talking points from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium battering.

Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England.
Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. | Getty Images

Trippier drop

When you watch him stride forward, it's easy to see physical tiredness is no issue with Kieran Trippier. He's still a threat, the main one, in a wide sense.

However, defensively, for the second game in a row, he's really let himself down. One-on-one v Heung-Min Son, he was given a torrid time.

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Now, before anyone criticises too heavily, this is no judgement on Trippier's NUFC career - he's been unbelievable - or his season - again, top drawer - but his last two have been nowhere near.

A mental fatigue setting in after a busy schedule, maybe? Only the player can answer that. Going away with England, break after break, is certainly no rest or release.

Missing Fulham, definitely does him a favour, in my view.

Game too far for stars of the future

The emergence of Tino Livramento and Lewis Miley has been one of the plus points of an up and down campaign so far. Yes, I know, there have been many more isolated ups than downs.

This encounter was a tough one for both of Newcastle's stars of the future.

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Livramento is a class act, who will, I'm sure, grace the right-hand side of Newcastle's backline for years to come. But he was beaten at will on the left, after looking at home their for weeks. A tough one for the England under-21 international, but I'm sure he'll learn from it.

The recent run has asked a lot of Miley, at just 17.

Second to every ball - very un-Newcastle

Newcastle are built on intensity, a willingness to out-run and out-battle the opposition. It is their identity, such is Eddie Howe's own opinion.

They looked nothing like their usual selves. While the first 45 showed Spurs at their very best in an attacking sense, the second was a walk in the park.

Nothing of what has made the Magpies so impressive was on show. That has to be a concern for Howe, with the games coming even thicker and even faster.

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Returning duo offer a glimmer, at least

In a season where injuries have bitten hard, as well as a hefty suspension, Newcastle need bodies back. And they got two more with Sean Longstaff and Callum Wilson.

Both players are valued first-teamers. And will add depth Newcastle's depleted ranks. More bodies are needed as games come thick and fast.

Derail risk

Everything is there for Newcastle this season - and they've worked so hard to get themselves in a position on three fronts, with the FA Cup still to be explored.

But, things can very quickly derail - and there is a definite risk of that happening after a six-goal Premier League swing and seven goals conceded.

The away form needs to improve. If it doesn't, two cup competitions, as well as a Champions League top four fight, could become problematic.

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