Newcastle United were widely reported to have Dele Alli lined up back in 2015, only for Mike Ashley to not want to pay the price tag to MK Dons for the then 18 year old and Tottenham stole in to pay £6m for him.

So Newcastle fans only get the ‘pleasure’ of seeing him when Tottenham are in Toon.

Last season he won the match for Spurs at St James Park, getting Jonjo Shelvey sent off and scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 win.

This time Dele Alli scored the winner to give Tottenham their 2-1 opening day victory.

Newcastle fans have never been that keen on the England man and yesterday it was no different, no giving him any credit for being part of England’s efforts in Russia.

He was given stick during the game and then roundly booed when subbed with 10 minutes to go.

However, Dele Alli doesn’t give any grief back to those Newcastle fans, indeed it is quite the opposite…

Dele Alli:

“It’s very important and everybody knows the first game is a big one.

“It’s a long season and we have got to improve.

“It was very tough.

Newcastle is a difficult place to come…

“Newcastle have got unbelievable fans, it is an atmosphere that is not too nice to play in but we knew the job we had to do.”

As for the other goalscorer, Jan Vertonghen was very happy that the goal-line technology was working, and also admitted Spurs had carried the luck.

Jan Vertonghen:

“They had a couple of good chances and also hit the bar and post in the second half.

“At the end of the day, we kept the ball well.

“It sounds crazy but we defended well with the ball.

“Sometimes we were a bit lucky but it is a very good start for us.

“I’m a happy man with the goal-line technology definitely, hopefully I can score a couple more.

“So many goals I have ‘scored’ have been taken away from me.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2


Newcastle: Joselu 11

Tottenham: Vertonghen 8, Alli 18

Possession was Tottenham 60% Newcastle 40%

Total shots were  Tottenham 15 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Tottenham 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Tottenham 5 Newcastle 3

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 69), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81), Joselu (Rondon 59)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Ki

Crowd: 51,749 (3,000 Tottenham)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Spurs defeat HERE)

(You can read the match ratings for NUFC players HERE)

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The fans do not like Ali as he dives and is a cheat but looks like he has a rival in Fred this year. Last year he would not release the ball for our free kick kept hold of it for ages and got Shelvey sent off. Hate him and Kane as much as the protesters and that is saying something.

    • panther

      not as much as the fans hate you

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The fans do love me that is the ones who go to the games.

        • panther

          you mean the enablers

    • Jimmy_toons

      Shelvey stood on Alli’s ankle right in front of the ref. Shelvey got himself sent off, let the team down and afterwards apologised to all.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Why was Ali not booked for releasing the ball two hands on for fifteen seconds so trying to get him sent off. He is a cheat and a diver who cons refs week in week out. Shelvey should have kicked him in the head not a tap on the ankle.

        • Benmagpie

          Hahahahahaha and Kane while he’s at it. tossers

  • ghostrider

    Dele Alli winds players up. He gets away with murder at times. He’s a very good player. He does not play for us and is rightly the villain of the peace whenever he has any effect to the detriment of us.

    I think he can be arrogant but then again I could reel off a list of players from every club in any amount of leagues that are equally as arrogant and full of themselves.

    That’s part and parcel of the way the game is…and generally how the up and coming player becomes a bigger and better player.

    Do I like him?
    Not when he plays against us and we don’t get the spoils.
    Other than that I have no ill will against him, other than the frustration like with many players of watching how they go on when being paid so much money for something that does not deserve it.

    But that’s another story aside.

  • Karen

    What utter rubbish

    There was very little ill feeling towards Alli (probably part of the feel good England effect) UNTIL he scores AND THEN does that ridiculous salute directly to the home fans

    Why does he feel the need to express his arrogance and distain for the opposing fans like that?

    Afterwards the boos grew but it was only because of his own actions

    Petulant and arrogant and he undid a lot of the good will England fans had for a team we thought we could respect

    Poor article and I’ve finally felt the need to add to this board as a result!!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    If we had signed him he’d be on loan at Scunthorpe or something now

    • RoboRat

      Then sold to Blackburn.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Imagine mclaren or Pardew being entrusted with his development

        • 1957

          Worse still Watson or Beardsley… he wouldn’t be an England international, more likely plying his trade in the conference

  • Slim_Newcastle

    Wasn’t it a similar story with Modric? Wonder whatever happened to him 😀

  • Ba ba.

    He played well yesterday and never reacted to the crowd even when he scored.. .I hate it when the half wits target a player as it usually back fires like yesterday.

    • Karen

      Yes he did. He stood directly in front of the gallowgate and saluted in to the crowd. I heard very little booing before he did that