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Ashley, the club's notoriously parsimonious billionaire owner, saw fit to spend £90 million (10.6 million euros, $11.5 million) on the ailing department store group House of Fraser.
"There were many good performances from players who were very professional during their holidays, but I thought all the squad showed their commitment to the club and the team".
However, any concerns about a lack of fresh faces were quickly alleviated in an end-to-end opening at a sun-kissed St James' Park.
The Spurs defence soon had a moment to forget, however, when Joselu pulled around the back of Sanchez to dispatch Matt Ritchie's superb delivery from the right.
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It's good that the people are positive, but the people know as well that this season will be unbelievably hard. Speaking ahead of the game , boss Jurgen Klopp , said: "We have to be in a championship mode".
However, he redeemed himself slightly in this match - and boss Rafa Benitez must start him in their next game against Cardiff to unleash his firepower. A consolidation of miscommunication and rust enabled Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli to connect with two simple headers that gave Tottenham the lead at the half.
Tottenham's second goal was simple in its construction and should have been comfortably dealt with.
Alli put the visitors back in front, timing a back-post run to perfection to meet Serge Aurier's cross with a textbook header past home goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Alli passed up a chance to extend his side's lead when he bundled Kane's mishit shot straight to Dubravka.
Kenedy then found himself in acres of space one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, only to see his touch let him down, and Dubravka kept the score at 1-2 at the other end, producing a fine stop from Moussa Sissoko's close-range volley.