Newcastle United fans have been reacting on Twitter to an interview that Tottenham Hotspurâ€™s Danny Rose gave to The Sun in the build up to the meeting between the sides on Sunday.
The full-back appeared to criticise his clubâ€™s transfer policy and has since issued an apology via his representatives at the Base Soccer Agency.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) August 12, 2017
Supporters of Newcastle have been responding to the developments on Twitter, with many believing that the England internationalâ€™s comments could give them the edge at the weekend.
It is certainly not the ideal preparation for Spurs ahead of the new season, although there has been some alarm at the lack of activity in the transfer market in recent months.
Tottenham allowed Kyle Walker to leave for Manchester City for a fee which could rise to Â£50 million, whilst Nabil Bentaleb, Clinton Nâ€™Jie and Federico Fazio have also departed on permanent deals.
Midfielder Josh Onomah has joined Championship side Aston Villa on loan, leaving the squad looking lighter than it did during the teamâ€™s successful 2016-17 campaign.
The Lilywhites sealed a second-placed Premier League finish last term but there is concern that they will be unable to improve on that should they fail to invest in their playing staff.
As for Newcastle, they have their own transfer problems with boss Rafa Benitez said to be irritated at a lack of funds at St Jamesâ€™ Park, although he stressed his commitment to the club in his pre-match press conference on Friday, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Spaniard led the Tynesiders to promotion from the second tier last season and has managed to bring in five new arrivals this summer on a limited budget.
Newcastle host Tottenham in Sundayâ€™s early kick-off as both sides look to make a fast start to the new campaign.
— Robert Tennyson (@Tenno98) August 11, 2017
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) August 10, 2017
Perfect timing by Danny Rose to do this! Now there unsettled, might make it easier on Sunday!! #NUFC
— Kieran Parr (@KieranParr17) August 10, 2017
Danny rose stirring the pot at Spurs ahead of Sunday's game vs #nufc. Hmm interesting.
— bobby martins (@BobbyGoa) August 10, 2017
Danny Rose could've done us a favour for Sunday #nufc a split spurs dressing room is good for us to take advantage of
— Chris Currie (@Wig82) August 10, 2017
That's Danny Rose out for the weekend then #NUFC nice one mate
— Matt Canning (@MAFF_U) August 9, 2017
Danny Rose has rustled Spurs just in time for our game with them in Sunday, another 5-1 on the cards folks
— Ryan (@Ryan_Rosee) August 9, 2017
The abuse Danny Rose will get on Sunday when a Ben Davies slip let's Newcastle in for a 1-0 win. ðŸ˜
— The Force Fed (@WaynoWan) August 11, 2017
Danny Rose another Spurs player running scared from Newcastle United, I see. Face Ayoze Perez like a man, Danny
— Jordan (@__Stiva) August 10, 2017
Danny Rose slating Spurs and saying he wants to play in the north. Shame he'll never play for us.
— Squashyâ„¢ (@SquashyNUFC) August 10, 2017