Newcastle 1 – Tottenham 2
They may not have signed anyone in the summer, but Tottenham got off to a winning start to the new Premier League season.
Spurs beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Jan Vertonghen opened for Spurs with a header from a set-play after just 8 minutes. But Newcastle were quick to level, as Joselu found the net with a clinical header.
A hectic start to the match continued when Dele Alli scored a header in the 18th minute to restore Tottenham’s advantage.
Newcastle & DeAndre Yedlin
Both Newcastle and Spurs finished the game with injury problems.
Starting with the Magpies, American full-back DeAndre Yedlin is a major cause for concern.
Yedlin suffered a painful looking injury during the opening game of the season.
He needed help exiting the pitch and returning to the Newcastle locker room. While Yedlin left St James’ Park on crutches.
Sky cutting to DeAndre Yedlin hobbling up the tunnel like it’s backstage at a WWE pay-per-view. pic.twitter.com/RCVELhZkhH
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 11, 2018
Newcastle next face Cardiff City in round two of the season.
The feeling is that Yedlin will miss that match through injury.
Rafa Benitez may have to turn to either Jamie Sterry or Javier Manquillo to play at right-back.
Newcastle are also without Florian Lejeune, who underwent knee surgery last week.
Tottenham injury problems
Mauricio Pochettino needed to take Lucas Moura and Eric Dier out of the Newcastle match with knocks.
However the Spurs boss was keen to play down any thoughts that either player was seriously hurt:
No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric Dier was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing.
I think it was very good competition today with a big squad. Massive competition between them and I’m going to rotate in the next few weeks, trying to give the possibility to all the players to play and be important.
Tottenham take on Fulham at Wembley Stadium in round two.
Pochettino plays down Moura and Dier injury concerns: “No, no they are okay. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing.” #COYS https://t.co/oA4GqqVgdt
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) August 11, 2018