Getting used to a Wembley way will be hard, admits Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose appears dejected as he is substituted with an injury during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light

But Pochettino said he himself had been considered an unknown when he arrived at Southampton in 2013 and also cited the rises of Spurs pair Eric Dier and Dele Alli and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Tottenham are an attractive club - located in London, playing Champions League football, have a young and talented squad, and a very promising manager.

Pochettino, though, retains full faith in those already at his disposal and says he would rather triumph through careful tinkering than by attempting to buy success.

"Everybody thought it was in, but overall he was always a threat and I thought he had a really good game given it was his first bit of action this year". I wouldn't be surprised if Conte doesn't play him every week initially. It's good for him to say that. After all, "Tino" scored only nine goals in 48 Premier League games for Newcastle United. "It's time to move on".

"I'm relaxed because when you see the team and players they are so focused", he added.

Pochettino appeared gracious and conciliatory despite what was obviously a tense moment between the club and the player he helped develop into a starting fullback for England. While the likes of Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all splashed the cash this summer the Lilywhites are the only Premier League team to yet sign a single player this transfer window.

"No, no, no. It was more outside of the club". It's very rare a transaction doesn't go through eventually, as we saw with Neymar. "Now we move on", he added.

"Football is about communicating on the pitch".

This will be a repeat of Newcastle's last Premier League game in May 2016 - when they thrashed Spurs 5-1 at St James' Park. The Argentina worldwide has not played since October due to a persistent hip problem.

"He's our player. He needs to become fit as quickly as possible".

"Since January he's been working hard to fix his problem and our medical staff are working hard with him".

Kyle Walker, of course, departed in July, but with no further sales or investment there are few question marks around who starts for Tottenham against Newcastle on Sunday. "Nothing has changed in my vision or perception here".

"My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my teammates and the fans. It's in the past now".

The 27-year-old England worldwide has been a mainstay at left back for Spurs since the 2013-14 campaign, although he missed the back-end of last season after sustaining a knee injury in January. He is still recovering from knee surgery and is not expected to return to Spurs' lineup until early September.



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