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Huddersfield’s wholesome unity shows another way to Newcastle’s dysfunction | Paul Doyle

Dean Hoyle’s ownership of Huddersfield Town is based on a togetherness in stark contrast to Mike Ashley at Newcastle United, who they face on Sunday

Earlier this summer during a conversation with reporters at Huddersfield Town’s training ground, the club’s local-born chairman, Dean Hoyle, said it was important to him to tackle the Premier League “the Yorkshire way”. Asked what that meant, he replied: “By not spending any money.” Then he laughed to show he was joking; then he ensured the club’s actions showed what he really meant.

Related: Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United: match preview

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Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United: match preview

For their first home match in the top flight since 1972, Huddersfield host Newcastle, who won 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium in last season’s Championship. David Wagner’s team are much stronger since then, whereas Newcastle might not be, especially with Jonjo Shelvey suspended and Florian Lejeune out injured. Following last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace, Huddersfield fans will be confident of extending their triumphant start to their Premier League era. Paul Doyle

Kick-off Sunday 1.30pm

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Newcastle’s summer transfer dealings not ideal, Rafael Benítez says

• Owner Mike Ashley’s blueprint now less ambitious than in May
• ‘He knows what he told me and what I was thinking,’ says manager

Rafael Benítez has indicated that Mike Ashley’s summer transfer market blueprint is now significantly less ambitious than it appeared when the two men last met in May.

“He knows what he told me and what I was thinking,” said Newcastle United’s manager, who has not spoken to the club’s owner since that rare get-together and finds himself forced to embrace a new-found minimalism when it comes to refurnishing his squad.

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Stoke sign PSG’s Jesé Rodríguez on loan as Joselu departs for Newcastle

• Jesé becomes Stoke’s sixth summer signing after joining on one-year loan
• Spanish forward arrives as Joselu moves to St James’ Park for around £5m

Stoke City have completed the signing of Jesé Rodríguez on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

The forward passed a medical on Wednesday morning and becomes Stoke’s sixth summer signing, joining Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon at the Premier League club.

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Transfer roundup: Stoke close in on loan signing of PSG striker Jesé

• Spanish striker expected to move to Bet365 Stadium
• Newcastle to sign former Real Madrid striker Joselu from Stoke

Stoke City are close to confirming a loan deal for the Paris Saint-Germain striker Jesé Rodriguez.

Officials from the Potteries club are in negotiations with the Ligue 1 team about the 24-year-old and are optimistic they can reach an agreement which would bring the former Real Madrid player to the Bet365 Stadium.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend’s action

Liverpool’s defensive frailties, Wayne Rooney’s nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester United’s unsung heroes

The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because José Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera – completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep – he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last season, though United’s finishing was useless, they also failed to create enough chances, get enough men into dangerous areas, and exploit the qualities of their most talented players. Yesterday, though, they looked menacing throughout and eventually swamped an admittedly poor West Ham; the question now is whether Mourinho will let his team go against better opposition. Daniel Harris

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Rafael Benítez reveals Jonjo Shelvey apology after Tottenham red card

• Shelvey was sent off as Newcastle lost 2-0 against Spurs
• Midfielder stood on Dele Alli’s ankle with game goalless

Rafael Benítez revealed that Jonjo Shelvey had apologised after “letting everyone down” by collecting an inevitable red card for needlessly standing on Dele Alli’s ankle in an off-the-ball incident at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Related: Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

With the new 2017-18 season in full swing, we have selected 12 of our favourite images from the opening weekend in England’s top flight

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Jonjo Shelvey falls victim of Dele Alli’s textbook ‘hook, line and sinker’ move

The Newcastle captain remains prone to bouts of petulance, but the Tottenham midfielder has learned how to channel his inner devil

The role of the captain in modern football is not always entirely clear. Do teams need a single inspirational figure, a chest-thumper who stirs the heart and soul? An experienced head, one who can offer big-brotherly advice to his colleagues? Someone who “leads by example”, which usually just means “being better than everyone else”?

In theory it should not matter who has the armband. As long as you can tell the difference between heads and tails on a coin and are half-respected by your colleagues, you shouldn’t need much else. Oh, and just one other thing: ideally you should not brainlessly get yourself sent off at a crucial phase of a game against title contenders.

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Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

Familiarity can so often be wonderfully reassuring but, for Newcastle United, it all too frequently provokes depression.

There was to be no exception to this general Geordie rule on Sunday when the sight of Mike Ashley with his arms determinedly folded in the directors’ box simply served as a reminder of how the club’s owner has let Rafael Benítez down in the transfer market this summer.

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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

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Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are two of English football’s most evocative names. Each club has a rich history of maverick players, attacking style and spendthrift spending, their lots of FA Cups and not lots of league titles casting them as heroes and tragic heroes of their own self-parody and self-mythology. In many ways, they encapsulate The GameTM.

And they arrive at today’s fixture in similar nick, promising previous seasons naused up by failure to arrange necessary and expected reinforcements. Both managers will hope to have this addressed before the transfer window gently eases closed, but in the meantime, Newcastle must stay up but ought really to manage better, while Spurs need to win something, anything.

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Rafael Benítez baffled but unbowed by dysfunctional setup at Newcastle United | Louise Taylor

Manager insists ‘we’ll do our best’ on return to Premier League, despite minimal transfer budget and a lack of communication from owner Mike Ashley

The mood inside the room had turned as gloomy as the dark clouds on view through the windows when someone attempted a joke. “It’s North Korea v the United States,” they said, deadpan. “Just without the nuclear weapons.”

It got a laugh, yet Mike Ashley v Rafael Benítez is a little bit different; less Kim Jong-un v Donald Trump and much more a particularly capricious brand of shortsighted parochialism against a worldly wise grasp of the bigger picture.

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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

The joy of Newcastle United’s return to the Premier League with Rafael Benítez appears tarnished by Mike Ashley’s puzzling parsimony while Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has transfer market problems of his own. No matter; this remains an enticing, and intriguing, fixture, particularly as Spurs will presumably want revenge for their 5-1 thrashing here in May 2016. Given the chasm in quality between the two squads few are respecting a repeat of that scoreline; indeed Benítez would probably be happy with a point in front of another full house. Louise Taylor

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No13: Newcastle United | Louise Taylor

As long as Rafael Benítez remains in charge an exciting future beckons but the increasing influence of an Ashley business ally and failures in the transfer market have sounded alarm bells for the St James’ Park fanbase

Guardian writers’ predicted position 13th (NB: this is not necessarily Louise Taylor’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 1st (Championship)

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Premier League 2017-18 fans’ previews, part 2: Manchester City to West Ham

Fans have their say on key players, weak leaks and summer spending – and make their predictions for the season ahead
Part one: Arsenal to Liverpool

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Transfer roundup: Newcastle sign Dortmund’s Mikel Merino on loan

• Gareth Bale’s agent dismisses reports Wales forward could leave Real Madrid
• Chelsea ‘make enquiry’ for Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Mikel Merino on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund.

Merino, who began his career at Osasuna before moving to Germany last summer and made nine appearances for Dortmund in his debut campaign, becomes the fifth new arrival at St James’ Park following the signings of Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo last week,

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Mike Ashley wins high court battle over ‘£15m pub deal’

Investment banker Jeffrey Blue loses claim against Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner over deal allegedly made in pub

Newcastle United owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a high court battle over a £15m deal allegedly made in a London pub, calling time on a case that will be long remembered for days of evidence concerning excessive alcohol consumption.

The case revolved around investment banker Jeffrey Blue’s allegation that during a “night of heavy drinking” at the Horse and Groom pub near Sports Direct’s Oxford Street store in January 2013, Ashley agreed to pay him £15m if the company’s shares doubled to £8.

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Premier League at 25: the best match – Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle, April 1996

Roy Evans described Liverpool’s win as ‘kamikaze football’ but Kevin Keegan, during his time as Newcastle’s manager, helped to light up the Premier League

History is not always written by the winners. Manchester United were unquestionably the best team in the land in 1996; they proved it by landing the league and Cup Double. The triumphant return of Eric Cantona, the flowering of the Class of ’92, you can’t win anything with kids, all that … there is plenty to go on. And yet this particular story is not theirs to tell.

Occasionally the narrative is dominated by those who fell short. And that year there was clearly something in the air. Germany emerged triumphant at the European Championship, a tournament principally remembered for England’s dreaming, their 31st year of hurt. In golf the Green Jacket was draped around Nick Faldo’s shoulders at the Masters, the great man’s third win, an achievement back then bettered only by Jack and Arnie, though all everyone has talked about ever since is Greg Norman’s view-through-fingers collapse. And as for the Premiership …

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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