24 hours into Newcastle United season...Writing on wall?

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Dele Alli scored a first-half victor as Tottenham beat Newcastle 2-1 on the opening weekend of the Premier League season at St James' Park.

Hugo Lloris returned to training only on Monday after his exploits with France in Russian Federation.

Diame was afforded room in the box to clatter a left-footed shot against the upright, while Alli should have done better at the other end when picked out by another delightful Eriksen ball.

But Pochettino stuck up for the England captain and World Cup Golden Boot victor when he said: 'For me, he is in his best form whether he scores or doesn't score.

But Tottenham lifted the gloom with a gritty victory at St James' Park thanks to first half headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I told you [the other day] that numerous players returned in a good condition".

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"It's a position I like to get in", Alli said.

"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". Sometimes those ones are harder to miss, but at the same time, if you take your eye off the ball, you can head it over. The St. James' Park will be the hosting ground as Spurs will be hoping to claim all three points against Newcastle United.

Mauricio Pochettino said in the build-up to the match that some of his players have been distracted by transfer speculation - and a few of his squad members could yet move overseas this month.

Pochettino had been expected to be without as many as nine of his side for the game, but only Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier were not named in the opening day squad having jetted off to this summer's World Cup.

"If you put all the circumstances together, our players deserve massive, massive credit for the victory because it wasn't easy".

"Everyone is dedicated to Tottenham".

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