& # 039; We do not get caught up in what happens & # 039;: There he insists that he is not frustrated by the lack of purchases

Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday

It is not very elegant to strengthen from within during a transfer window of the Premier League. It does not give much encouragement to the followers, but they will find many things to regret.

Neither will it award him the first place among the preseason predictions of any expert; he is more likely to get rid of the first four in that regard.

Yes, when we came to examine the team sheet of Tottenham's opening day on Saturday morning there was a stale air. After all, they were the first club since the beginning of the summer window 15 years ago that they do not sign a single player.

Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday

Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday

Even those included in St James & # 39; Park were supposed to be mentally and physically fatigued, having been praised as the club better represented than any other during the last four matches of the World Cup, was now perceived as a weakness.

The defeat here would have been in keeping with the narrative that developed from Thursday's deadline.

However, the team of Mauricio Pochettino won, and they did it by not playing particularly well, a sure sign of a good team, they make us believe.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez made a simple but important remark later when he declared that the Spurs were bigger, better and stronger than their men. They will be bigger, better and stronger than most of this season.

No player showed that more than Dele Alli, who produced a performance of greater quality than any other he has handled during a World Cup affected by an injury.

He slipped effortlessly through this game as if playing with a resting heart rate, but he accelerated the pulse in the penalty area when necessary, leading what proved to be the winning goal in the 18th minute.

Alli went ahead to Martin Dubravka to restore Tottenham's advantage at St James's Park on Saturday

Alli went ahead to Martin Dubravka to restore Tottenham's advantage at St James's Park on Saturday

Alli went ahead to Martin Dubravka to restore Tottenham's advantage at St James's Park on Saturday

There he was equally relaxed and in control when it came to answering questions about the inevitable: are players as frustrated as fans by the absence of new signings?

"We are happy to know how we want to play, that philosophy, we like to play together, we enjoy it, so we will focus on what we have to do on the field," he said.

"We do not get caught up in what happens around us." Everyone is dedicated to Tottenham, everyone wants to help the team. All we can do is keep working, keep improving. "

They have improved this summer, says Alli, after the great experience that his players took of the progression in Russia, although such a statement hardly captivates his followers.

However, maybe he is right. There, fellow striker Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen certainly looked a little better than Tyneside. Harry Kane is less, but at least he will use the Spurs' target compared to Real Madrid this season, and the winner of the Golden Boot of the World Cup guarantees goals once free of August, the month in which he has now After 14 league matches without scoring.

Alli insists that he and his teammates are not frustrated by the lack of signings of the club this summer

Alli insists that he and his teammates are not frustrated by the lack of signings of the club this summer

Alli insists that he and his teammates are not frustrated by the lack of signings of the club this summer

Alli knows, however, that it is the month of May in which they will be judged. "Every season, since I came here, I feel we have improved, but we want to start winning," he said. "We keep getting closer, but now we have to start winning trophies."

The same can not be said of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, against whom several hundred fans protested outside one of their retail stores in the hours leading up to the launch.

The club had issued a joint statement written by Benitez, Capt. Jamaal Lascelles and General Manager Lee Charnley on Friday, stating that they had done "good business". during a transfer window that yielded a profit of £ 21 million.

Benitez, who is angry at the lack of ambition shown by Ashley, smiled when they put the phrase to him. "I want to say that the players we have brought are good players," he said.

The English midfielder shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted

The English midfielder shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted

The English midfielder shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted

With very good players, however, Newcastle could have taken more than Saturday's game.

"To make a difference in games like this, sometimes it's the low quality you need," Benitez added, deliberately.

And that's the reason why the Spurs might not be so far from the title as a summer of inactivity would make them believe, because that quality already resides within their number.

THE VERDICT OF THE FANS

NEWCASTLE

Tom Bore (Read Newcastle)

An encouraging start despite the defeat. Kenedy's willingness to run repeatedly in defense of the Spurs and cause problems was great to watch. Tactically, the team seemed very well drilled, but Rafa Benítez will have to work on pieces this week.

Star man: Kenedy.

TOTTENHAM

Barnaby Slater

It was not pretty, but on the first day, with many of our players who had only had four days of training, it was never possible. The three points were the only thing that mattered and emerged thanks to a classic by Dele Alli that appeared on the box and an immense defense of Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez. On a day when it would have been easy to lose points, the Spurs showed their mettle to start the season in the best possible way.

Star man: Give Alli.

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey put up an impressive demonstration in midfield despite the defeat of his team

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey put up an impressive demonstration in midfield despite the defeat of his team

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey put up an impressive demonstration in midfield despite the defeat of his team

Shelvey has the skills for Southgate

IAN LADYMAN: According to all reports, Jonjo Shelvey must play a lot of football to be even apart from Gareth Southgate's England calculations, but his performance here was a good start.

The Newcastle midfielder started last season by being sent off against Tottenham in St James & Park; for stepping on Dele Alli. A year later, Shelvey made sure he was notorious just for his football.

Southgate has reservations about the modest number of assists provided by Shelvey, but against Spurs, the 26-year-old was at the heart of much of the football that Newcastle played. The first thought of the midfielder is always to move the ball forward, and I really like that.

Here, his short and long step was brave and most of the time very precise. He really has an impressive range.

Shelvey will have to stay clean to convince Southgate that it's worth seeing. Have you acquired the skills to play at the highest level? I think it has.

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