Tottenham FA Cup Fourth Round Hope
Newport County vs Tottenham
Spurs take on League Two versus Newport after easing past AFC Wimbledon. This match has the added fire of a Welsh versus English divide, mixing with the fever of the FA Cup. Spurs still fielded some quality players in the last round, and look set to take this competition with the utmost sincerity.
If Harry Kane starts, the match itself could be fought and won with his finishing. He truly is in good form, and Newport defenders must be on guard.
Newport do have some firepower in Otis Khan and Francois Zoko who have managed 18 league goals between them. Therefore, Spurs players must be careful to respect their opposition, who might just have a deadly sting in the tail.
Spurs fans will remember the narrow escape against Wycombe last year, in their 4-3 victory. The key battle here is ensuring a professional, level-headed performance, that demonstrates the superior skill of the overall squad.
The FA Cup is still a significant trophy, even if its importance has diminished recently. Spurs have traditionally been a cup team and thus know full well the importance of trophies. Now facing Newport, they are also given another chance to progress in the competition. There are many harder ties that the club could have had. Whilst rivals Arsenal found themselves knocked out by inferior opposition, Tottenham still remain in this tournament. But, the FA Cup must now be closely concentrated on, having already fallen out of the Carabao Cup. Of course, there is the great European campaign to consider, but arguably the domestic trophy is much more realistic and achievable.
Pochettino is one of the best managers of the club in the last few decades. He too realises the importance of silverware. After all, he is yet to guide his team to that ultimate glory. Slowly, he has built up his project, and now it is time to reap what he has sowed. He cultivated the squad cultivated well, resulting in a good blend of youth and experience. Pochettino can field one of the strongest starting elevens in the country if necessary. Thus, there should be no stopping Spurs should they decide to prioritise in this area.
(You can read our selection of the most important ties of FA Cup Fourth Round here)