Seven things you missed from Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham


Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League season off to a smooth start with a 2-0 away win over Newcastle United.

Dele Alli and Ben Davies got the goals in the second half after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a silly stamp.

You all know the score and the scorers, but what about the finer details? Sportsmail kept its eyes and ears open to bring you the things you missed…

Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League season off to a smooth start with a 2-0 away win

Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League season off to a smooth start with a 2-0 away win

Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League season off to a smooth start with a 2-0 away win

Sissoko not popular on Tyneside

Moussa Sissoko left Newcastle for Tottenham last summer in a £30million move, and after being surprisingly named in the Spurs starting line-up, did not get a welcome reception.

The French midfielder was reportedly booed as he got off the team coach, and some Newcastle fans even joked on Twitter of offering their players money to go in with a rough tackle.

Spurs fans were also keen to have their say – some speculating as to the reasons why the under-performing signing was involved, although others wondering how he would react if he scored. Eventually, Sissoko had a quiet game and was subbed off before the hour mark.

Tottenham Hotspur fans were keenly anticipating Moussa Sissoko lining up against his old club

Tottenham Hotspur fans were keenly anticipating Moussa Sissoko lining up against his old club

Tottenham Hotspur fans were keenly anticipating Moussa Sissoko lining up against his old club

Newcastle United fans meanwhile were not giving the Frenchman a welcome return up north

Newcastle United fans meanwhile were not giving the Frenchman a welcome return up north

Newcastle United fans meanwhile were not giving the Frenchman a welcome return up north

Spurs fans pondered the reason behind Sissoko's inclusion - before he was substituted off

Spurs fans pondered the reason behind Sissoko's inclusion - before he was substituted off

Spurs fans pondered the reason behind Sissoko’s inclusion – before he was substituted off

Spurs’ bizarre training kit

New season, new kit – but while Spurs’ new home and away strips have been well received, their training gear has gone under the radar. 

What exactly is the pattern? Egg shapes? ’70s wallpaper tribute? Out of tune TV? You have to wonder what the thinking was.

Perhaps the idea behind the triple blue shaded T-shirts was to make the opposition nauseous before the game.

Spurs modelled their new training kit before the game -  a bizarre pattern of various blues

Spurs modelled their new training kit before the game -  a bizarre pattern of various blues

Spurs modelled their new training kit before the game –  a bizarre pattern of various blues

The pattern could be variously described as being 70s wallpaper, or an un-tuned television

The pattern could be variously described as being 70s wallpaper, or an un-tuned television

The pattern could be variously described as being 70s wallpaper, or an un-tuned television

Kyle Walker out… Kyle Walker in… Kyle Walker MOTM

After selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City this summer, Mauricio Pochettino had a back-up plan – with a very similar name. 

Kyle Walker-Peters made his Premier League debut at St James’ Park, much to the delight of the fans and wags on Twitter.

Maybe Walker-Peters is in the Spurs first team because he is one of the most promising young English defenders. Maybe it is nominative determinism. The fact he was named man of the match provides the answer.

Kyle Walker-Peters made his Premier League debut at St James' Park, replacing Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker-Peters made his Premier League debut at St James' Park, replacing Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker-Peters made his Premier League debut at St James’ Park, replacing Kyle Walker

The similarity of names brought plenty of humour to the wags and supporters on Twitter

The similarity of names brought plenty of humour to the wags and supporters on Twitter

The similarity of names brought plenty of humour to the wags and supporters on Twitter

Maybe Walker-Peters is in the Spurs first team on merit. Maybe it is nominative determinism.

Maybe Walker-Peters is in the Spurs first team on merit. Maybe it is nominative determinism.

Maybe Walker-Peters is in the Spurs first team on merit. Maybe it is nominative determinism.

Kev is still King

If you get on the right side of the Newcastle fans – and your name isn’t Sissoko – then you could become a hero for years to come. 

The Gallowgate End of St James’ Park was awash with banners for their return to the Premier League, a monochrome, Geordie wall.

However there was one familiar, permed, cartoon face among them, a Yorkshireman yet an honorary Magpie – Kevin Keegan is still a United hero.

The Gallowgate End of St James' Park was awash with banners for their  Premier League return

The Gallowgate End of St James' Park was awash with banners for their  Premier League return

The Gallowgate End of St James’ Park was awash with banners for their Premier League return

However there was one familiar, permed, cartoon face, of honorary Geordie Kevin Keegan

However there was one familiar, permed, cartoon face, of honorary Geordie Kevin Keegan

However there was one familiar, permed, cartoon face, of honorary Geordie Kevin Keegan

Vive La Toon

Newcastle have featured some superb French talent throughout the years – Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye – and some more less stellar figures – Sebastian Guivar’ch, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Florian Thauvin, Sylvain Marveaux…

In fact, more Frenchmen have played for Newcastle – Florian Lejeune became No 27, as well as the 200th player to cross the channel in the Premier League era.

It didn’t end well, however, as he was subbed off in the first half after suffering an injury. Sacre bleu.

Unfortunately Florian Lejeune's Premier League bow ended through injury in the first half

Unfortunately Florian Lejeune's Premier League bow ended through injury in the first half

Unfortunately Florian Lejeune’s Premier League bow ended through injury in the first half

Dele back in action

Dele Alli is arguably Europe’s most exciting young footballer not only because of his prodigious skill, but also because of his spikiness.

Midway through the opening half of action this season, he reacted to a foul by Jamaal Lascelles, getting up and chest barging the defender.

The pair exchanged words until Jonjo Shelvey intervened – and Dele exchanged words with him instead.

No surprise then that it was Dele who Jonjo stood on at the start of the second half to earn his red card. Or indeed that Dele scored the opener on the hour.

Dele Alli was at the centre of the action immediately after being caught by Jamaal Lascelles

Dele Alli was at the centre of the action immediately after being caught by Jamaal Lascelles

Dele Alli was at the centre of the action immediately after being caught by Jamaal Lascelles

Alli later was stood on by Jonjo Shelvey for his red card, then scored the opening goal

Alli later was stood on by Jonjo Shelvey for his red card, then scored the opening goal

Alli later was stood on by Jonjo Shelvey for his red card, then scored the opening goal

Kane’s August drought goes on

Harry Kane is not a one-season – or even two-season – wonder as many thought, but he still cannot score in the summer.

The England striker hit the post and had a goal disallowed in second half stoppage time, meaning he is still yet to score a Premier League goal in August.

This is a run stretching back to 10 games now. Don’t worry though Spurs fans – he hits his stride when the leaves turn brown. 

Harry Kane is still yet to score a Premier League goal in August after drawing a blank here

Harry Kane is still yet to score a Premier League goal in August after drawing a blank here

Harry Kane is still yet to score a Premier League goal in August after drawing a blank here