No signings? No problem for Spurs as Alli sinks Newcastle

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli were on the scoresheet as Tottenham edged out Newcastle 2-1 in the opening Premier League match at St James' Park.

"They started to work Monday and try to prepare the team and start to work in the same way as the previous season". "That is a drama, I feel sorry for the English people".

Spurs had nine players in Russian Federation until the final weekend and they only returned to training on Monday, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris having differing levels of fitness.

"I think all the squad showed their commitment with the club, with the team".

"If you put all the circumstances together, our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory because it wasn't easy". He's in his best form.

Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura have been handed starting roles in the final third, but there is no place for Danny Rose, who continues to be linked with a move away from the North London outfit. Be sure that he is going to score. But he can't score three goals in every game'.

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Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side. Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.

But Spurs held on for a much-needed three points after recent criticism for not making a signing this summer, and the result means Newcastle, whose fans protested against owner Mike Ashley in the city centre before the game, are without an opening-day victory since 2012.

Serge Aurier has been deployed at right-back, with Kieran Trippier kept out of the squad.

With the pound now at a nine-month low against the euro, players at clubs overseas have become more expensive to those in the Premier League.

Eric Dier (6.5/10): Had a mixed game by his standards as the Newcastle midfielders often harried him on the ball. "We are going to be better - no doubt about that".

Tottenham will be aiming to be one of the main title contenders this season as they bid to try and win their first trophy under Pochettino. Perhaps assisted by his country's World Cup absence, Spurs were spared sustained worries over Eriksen's future.

The novelty of Kane's run without a goal in the Premier League season's opening month stretching to 14 matches will not concern Pochettino greatly. This was an early game past year, and Spurs got a couple of late goals, but I feel they'll find it hard due to the World Cup.

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