After the most uneventful of transfer windows, Tottenham Hotspur brushed aside any question marks over their squad with a 2-1 win against Newcastle in their opening game of the season.
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli either side of a Joselu header secured the win for Mauricio Pochettino at St James’ Park.
Tottenham hadn’t been the happiest camp over the summer with Daniel Levy failing to make a single signing for the club – the first time this has happened to a Premier League club since the transfer window was introduced in 2003.
One player who looked like a new signing for Spurs was goalscorer Dele Alli, who returned fresh after a World Cup in which he struggled to make a big impact for England.
Alli was the subject of criticism last year after failing to live up to the heights he had set in his first season at the club, registering nine goals and ten assists as opposed to the 18 and seven he notched up in the previous campaign.
However, the young talent looked to have put those demons to bed with a commanding performance in which he, not Harry Kane, looked Tottenham’s biggest threat.
Aside from his delicate finish which gave Spurs the three points, Alli was heavily involved in the game, both in attack and defence.
He had one more shot on target while two more were blocked and the 61 touches he made before he was substituted in the 79th minute was more than Harry Kane managed during the whole 90 minutes.
He won one aerial battle and three tackles, and managed to draw two fouls from Rafa Benitez’s side.
It’s a promising sign that Alli looks back to his best after a limited pre-season following the World Cup and Spurs fans will be hoping he can live up to the massive promise he has shown so far in his short career.
If he can continue to dominate like he did against Newcastle, the lack of new faces at Tottenham will soon be forgotten.