No signings? No problem for Spurs as Alli sinks Newcastle

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

Dele Alli overcame any post-World Cup rustiness to head Tottenham to an opening-day Premier League victory at Newcastle.

Spurs opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Cristian Eriksen sent his corner into the mixer, Davinson Sanchez fired toward the far post and Vertonghen scored from a header just in front of Paul Dummett.

Newcastle, whose lack of striking options was one of the themes of their 2017-18, responded nearly immediately through Joselu, who found space between the Tottenham center-backs to head Matt Ritchie's excellent cross past Hugo Lloris.

There has not been a draw in the last 12 fixtures between these two, so we can expect one of them to come away with three points on Saturday.

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Yedlin (6), Clark (6), Lascelles (6), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (6), Perez (6), Kenedy (5), Joselu (6). It's a long season and we have got to improve but it was a positive start.

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And former Arsenal star Merson is backing both of the teams to share the spoils in an uninteresting goalless draw in the Premier League opener. New signings Schar, Ki, Muto and Rondon all started on the bench. But he can't score three goals in every game'.

The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute strike that turned out to be the victor, there was no further scoring with both goalkeepers, Slovak Martin Dubravka and Frenchman Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves. After coming on for Joselu in the 59th minute, Salomon Rondon was full of energy and attracted the attention of Tottenham's defenders.

An outside shout for the World Cup, Jonjo Shelvey was again among Newcastle's brightest players, while Jamaal Lascelles was solid yet not outstanding.

And Mauricio Pochettino has piled on the praise for the likes of Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, as well as goalscorers Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.

The gong could have also been awarded to Jan Vertonghen, but it was apt that England midfielder Alli scored the victor after a busy summer.

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