Alli and Dembele were conspicuously absent from a miserable final day .

Tottenham fans furious with Dembele and Alli for missing Newcastle game

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Tottenham may have just secured their highest league finish in two decades, but prepare for the fallout from their humiliation at Newcastle to continue for quite some time. 

Despite needing just a point against the relegated Magpies to ensure they finished above Arsenal in second place, Mauricio Pochettino's side collapsed to a 5-1 defeat on Tyneside. 

Spurs were torn apart at the back and offered little up front, and their fans are pretty sure of who could have made the difference. 


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Tottenham fans seething 

Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli were both suspended for the final day for an eye-gouge on Diego Costa and a punch on Claudio Yacob respectively. 

And it has to be said Spurs missed them as they were easily picked apart by Newcastle and failed to offer much creativity. 

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Lord Sugar led the criticism of the midfielders by claiming the pair should be made to pay the difference in prize money for finishing third as opposed to second: 

Tottenham fans were quick to follow in his footsteps, slamming Dembele and Alli for being so reckless at such a crucial stage of the season. 

As usual, Ryan Mason also came in for some heavy criticism, but that's nothing new. 

Hopes in tatters 

The Lilywhites did not win in the final four games of the season, suffering defeats to Southampton and Newcastle and drawing with West Brom and Chelsea.

That run of form shattered their dreams of title glory as Leicester were crowned champions with two games to spare.

But fans were hoping to console themselves with second place, which would have been the first time they had finished above Arsenal in 21 years.

It was not to be, however, as they handed north London bragging rights to Arsene Wenger, despite being the only side to push Leicester close - effectively coming third in a two-horse race. 

Lack of depth 

What is even more concerning is that Spurs' record without Dembele and Alli is quite abysmal. They have not won a game without Dembele since October, and while Alli's suspension is now at least over, the Belgian midfielder will also miss the first four games of next campaign. 

Dembele, in particular, has been key in shielding the defence, holding onto the ball, and providing some composure going forward. All of that was lacking on the final day. 

If the Newcastle defeat has achieved anything, it has perhaps convinced chairman Daniel Levy that he may need to supply more than the £60million originally offered to Pochettino to revamp the squad this summer. 

Spurs' first XI has been superb this season, but fans have been unhappy with the quality of the bench, and with two key men missing, it's no wonder they fell apart at St James' Park. 

Were Dembele and Alli to blame for the defeat? Have your say in the comments. 

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Gareth Bale
Tottenham Hotspur
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