Harry Kane starts for Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United


When Dele Alli was also thrown into the mix, drifting inside from the left flank, Newcastle were simply overpowered in the middle of the park, causing them to retreat and defend for long periods.

Mauricio Pochettino has been pathetic this summer in the transfer window and signed not a single player.

All the goals came inside the opening 18 minutes as Joselu cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener before Alli struck to start Tottenham's season with a win.

"If some individuals' goals or targets are the priority for them then, sure, they are not going to help the team and, sure, that is why they are going to be out of the pitch and the squad". "We shall continue to work with them towards making our future games at Spurs a huge success".

World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is looking to bring "positive energy" to Tottenham this season and believes that his English and Belgian team-mates will be even hungrier for success following their near misses in Russian Federation.

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.

Nine of Spurs' players reached the final four in Russian Federation and only returned to training on Monday - just five days before the opening fixture at St James' Park.

Apart from Merino (who wasn't starting anyway) we haven't lost anyone who I personally think Rafa would have chose to keep. Newcastle was a very good opponent and they created some chances to maybe score more than one, but sometimes you need not only effort, some luck. "I was really happy to be back with the [Tottenham] team and it's a good feeling, especially after the win".

Spurs restored and held on to their lead when Alli headed in neatly at the back post.

Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are all hoping to make their debuts but deadline day arrival Federico Fernandez won't be involved just yet. I think the most important thing is that we are 25, 26, 28 players.

"There's always rumours but all we can do is keep playing together, keep enjoying it and keep improving as a team", he added.

"I am not going to complain and we have to learn to be clever".

On how people interpreted his comments at the end of last season, Pochettino added: "I am responsible for what I told you or what I tell you but I can not be responsible for what you believe that I wanted to tell you".

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