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DELE ROUTE TO RICHES; NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 Alli 61, Davies 70; Spurs midfield star shows the real value of his talents after Shelvey self-destructs for Toon.

Byline: JOHN CROSS Chief Football Writer

DANIEL LEVY had better hope Dele Alli does not ask to be paid what he is worth.

Then the Spurs chairman really would have a problem, because Alli is priceless to Tottenham and their aspirations.

Newcastle simply could not contain him, to such an extent that Jonjo Shelvey snapped and was shown a 48th-minute red card for stamping on the England star, the game's turning point.

That was the cue for Alli and then Ben Davies to seal an all-too comfortable win as the dissent in the Spurs ranks was quickly forgotten.

Ironic that Davies scored the second as he will be seen as Danny Rose's long-term replacement after the rebel left-back's complaints about Tottenham's players not being paid enough.

Even if they do feel hard done by, Spurs did not show it and proved value for money. Alli and Christian Eriksen were the architects of victory but Shelvey's stupidity also played a part in Newcastle's downfall.

It was hard enough for Toon with 11 men, let alone 10, and the only relief for Rafa Benitez will be that the scoreline was not higher.

They look desperately short of players and quality, and Benitez is clearly spoiling for a fight.

In contrast, Tottenham looked assured, were patient and sent a clear message of intent with a measured and mature performance.

Mauricio Pochettino will be particularly happy with debutant Kyle Walker-Peters. The 20-year-old was terrific at left-back, coping and battling with the hosts' best player Christian Atsu. But the scoreline and another youngster coming through, should not convince anyone, least of all Levy, that Spurs do not need reinforcements.

If last year's runners-up are to go one better they must dig deep. Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez and Celta Vigo's Pape Cheikh Diop are top of their shopping list and the first half showed they need a lift.

It was stale and sterile, Tottenham struggled to get going and Newcastle's firstday enthusiasm ramped up the atmosphere.

Left-back Paul Dummett hobbled off and was followed by debutant Florian Lejeune - the victim of a brutal challenge by Harry Kane.

Referee Andre Marriner produced a yellow card and it could have been red.

The home fans were further enraged by Alli's trickery and also Moussa Sissoko on his return to St James' Park.

Tottenham stepped up a gear after the break but it was Shelvey's rashness which really changed things.

The player inexplicably trod on the Tottenham midfielder while he was on the ground. It was an obvious red. From there, it was all o v e r.

Kane and Eriksen combined after 61 minutes, the Danish midfielder lifted a lovely ball over the top and Alli raced in to slide home.

Nine minutes later, Moussa Dembele, Alli, Kane and Eriksen were involved in a nice build-up before Davies escaped at the back post to fire home from close range.

Newcastle did go close late on with Atsu hitting the side netting but it was Tottenham who could have scored more.

When Alli was substituted he was roundly booed by the Toon Army. Hardly his fault he was kicked from pillar to post but perhaps there could be no better compliment.

MATCH STATS 27% POSSESSION 73% 3 SHOTS ON TARGET 6 3 SHOTS OFF TARGET 5 5 CORNERS 7 2 OFFSIDE 1 6 FOULS 10 11 CARDS 20 REF: Andre Marriner ATT: 52,077 KANE IN THE PREM IN AUGUSTAug 18, 2012 - Newcastle 2 Tottenham 1 (4mins) Aug 16, 2014 - West Ham 0 Tottenham 1 (7mins) Aug 24, 2014 - Tottenham 4 QPR 0 (21mins) Aug 8, 2015 - Man Utd 1 Tottenham 0 (90mins) Aug 15, 2015 - Tottenham 2 Stoke 2 (64mins) Aug 22, 2015 - Leicester 1 Tottenham 1 (90mins) Aug 29, 2015 - Tottenham 0 Everton 0 (90mins) Aug 13, 2016 - Everton 1 Tottenham 1 (90mins) Aug 20, 2016 - Tottenham 1 Palace 0 (89mins) Aug 27, 2016 - Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1 (83mins) Aug 13, 2017 - Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2 (90mins) 10 games 718 minutes 0 goals RATINGS by JOHN CROSS NEWCASTLE ELLIOT 7 One terrific save to deny Kane, did well overall and looked solid MANQUILLO 7 Fairly solid debut at right-back amid a host of defensive injuries LEJEUNE 5 Went off injured 35 minutes into his debut after fierce Kane challenge CLARK 6 Switched to left-back after Dummett went off, was solid in both roles DUMMETT 5 Lasted all of eight minutes before limping off clutching his hamstring SHELVEY Sent off 4 Sent off for a stamp on Alli, ridiculous reaction cost his team dear HAYDEN 7 A physical presence in midfield, showed signs he will be good Premier player RITCHIE Booked 6 Shown a yellow for nasty challenge on Alli as frustration grew ATSU 7 His pace was electric, sometimes even too fast for team-mates to keep up PEREZ 6 Worked hard behind the front line, chasing and trying to make things happen GAYLE 6 Fairly thankless task up front - especially after Shelvey's red - but kept trying SUBS: Lascelles (Dummett 8) 6 Mbemba (Lejeune 35) 6 Merino (Gayle 76) y TOTTENHAM LLORIS 7 Made a smart save from Gayle, always solid and quick off his line WALKER-PETERS 7 Poch said last week he wasn't ready, but proved he is. Excellent debut VERTONGHEN 6 Comfortable afternoon at the back, rarely tested and was solid ALDERWEIRELD 6 Looks an absolute beast, no one fancies a challenge with him DAVIES Booked 7 Scored and showed he can be Rose's permanent successor DIER 7 Often dropped deep - maybe too deep - to get Spurs going in midfield DEMBELE 7 Drives forward with such power. Terrific all-round midfielder. Good SISSOKO 5 Started on the right, switched to the left, and got booed everywhere he went ALLI 8 Match-winner. His goals are priceless, always dangerous ERIKSEN 7 Always looking for openings and found one for Alli. Class act, never gives up KANE Booked 6 Struggled to get involved in the first half, got better after the break SUBS: Son (Sissoko 58) 6 Wanyama (Alli 82) Winks (Dembele 90)


BEN & MERRY Davies slots home past Toon keeper Elliot to ensure victory

ONE DEL OF A FINISH Alli is razor-sharp and stretches superbly to get on the end of Eriksen's ball to net the opener
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2017
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