Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has pledged a strong side to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup.
Newcastle travel to White Hart Lane for the last eight contest this week, with the Magpies having already won against Tottenham away from home already this season.
The League Cup is often a competition used by the bigger sides to rotate their squad and rest key players, but Pardew has confirmed that’s not going to happen with his team.
“The cup game is something different – we know its the quarter final. We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home. We’ve got to do a third time,” he’s quoted by the Sunderland Echo.
“It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll go there very strong.”
It’s important for Newcastle to react to the heavy defeat against Arsenal, which was a setback after some impressive recent performances, which have seen the side moving in the right direction.
Newcastle will back themselves to come through a cup tie against any side but Tottenham Hotspur are on a high after another late win in the Premier League against Swansea.
It’s important Pardew keeps enough creativity in his team to make something happen against Tottenham but he needs to ensure that the defence and structure of the team remains strong whichever strong side he goes with.
It’s a good game for Pardew and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to use in terms of the squad options at their disposal, but the desire for Newcastle to react and for Spurs to maintain their form should make it a fascinating game to watch.