Mauricio Pochettino Faces Acid Test After Tottenham Hotspur's Transfer Woes

Silvia Morton
August 12, 2018

The England international's contribution sealed a 2-1 win at St James' Park, with all the goals coming inside the opening 18 minutes as Joselu cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener before Alli struck.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are the first club in the Premier League era not to make a single signing since the introduction of the pre-season transfer window.

Mauricio Pochettino has named his Tottenham Hotspur starting eleven and substitutes for their clash against Newcastle United at St. James' Park later today.

England's skipper and Golden Boot victor at this year's World Cup was defended by Pochettino who said: " For me, he's in his best form.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Meanwhile his Magpies posted a net transfer profit of £20 million, despite the arrival of seven new signings, the most expensive of which, Japanese global forward Yoshinori Muto, cost £9.5m from German side Mainz.

Last season I scored against Newcastle away and I want to keep improving as a player and as a squad.

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Newcastle showed flashes of quality football, especially with Joselu's equalizing header in the 11th minute.

Mohamed Diame and Salomon Rondon were denied by post and crossbar during the second half as a flagging Tottenham hung on.

And as Newcastle's early energy began to wane, Alli put the visitors back in front, timing a back-post run to perfection to meet Serge Aurier's cross with a textbook header past home goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Kenedy then found himself in acres of space one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, only to see his touch let him down, and Dubravka kept the score at 1-2 at the other end, producing a fine stop from Moussa Sissoko's close-range volley.

He took up a position on the left of midfield, regularly helping Ben Davies, and gained possession nine times for Spurs, more than any of his team-mates.

As for Newcastle, Rafael Benitez opts against including any players who did not feature for the Magpies during the second half of the last campaign.

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