Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League as a Harry Kane double either side of half-time secured three points against an uninspired Everton outfit at Goodison Park on Saturday.
In a tight and closely-contested first-half it was the visitors who struck the first telling blow, with Kane scoring his 100th goal in a Tottenham shot with a looping effort over a helpless Jordan Pickford.
Christian Eriksen asserted the away side’s dominance when he doubled the lead shortly before half-time, latching on to Ben Davies’ parried effort to smash into a gaping net and all-but secure the win.
Kane met a low cross from the left to steer home his second of the game just after the break and Tottenham held firm to comfortably see out their first victory since the opening day at Newcastle.
See below for how Mauricio Pochettino’s men rated in a routine victory over Everton.
Hugo Lloris – Barely had to make a save all match such was the strong performance from the defenders in front of him, but when called upon he was off his line quick enough to claim the ball. 6.
Toby Alderweireld – In a week that saw speculation over his Tottenham future reach another level the Belgian showed little signs of being distracted, commanding the back-line as always. Was confident enough to regularly step out of his line, anticipating the pass and turning possession. 7.
Jan Vertonghen – Stationed in the middle of Tottenham’s back-three he saw off the threat of Ramirez comfortably, repelling Everton’s aerial threat and turning defence into attack quickly. 7.
Ben Davies – Provided some good width to his side’s attacking play throughout the match at Goodison Park, stretching the Everton defence and creating space in the middle for his teammates to exploit. His attacking forays earnt himself two assists and he was a hub of productivity all day. 8.
Kieran Trippier – Deemed fit enough to start after withdrawing from international duties with England last week and he earnt himself an early assist – his sixth in the past year – to go with a defensively sound performance. Kept danger-man Sigurdsson quiet in a good defensive display. 7.
Eric Dier – Moved back into a defensive midfield role and stifled the home side’s creativity, giving Everton little room to manoeuvre in the middle. Unspectacular but efficient performance today. 7.
Moussa Sissoko – Worked hard to make things happen at Goodison Park but it didn’t quite happen and it’s clear to see he’s not on the same wavelength as some of his teammates. Had the perfect chance to get himself on the score-sheet but, in typical fashion, his header flew over the crossbar. 6.
Christian Eriksen – Continued his strong start to the season and found himself in the right place at the right time to thump home Davies’ parried effort, doubling the lead. Regularly found pockets of space in a tight midfield and again played a leading role in ensuring his side secured three points. 8.
Dele Alli – Making his 100th appearances in a Tottenham shirt he burst into life after a relatively anonymous opening half and began to link-up intricately with Kane and Eriksen. Found himself in dangerous positions on the edge of the Everton penalty area but failed to find the end product. 7.
Harry Kane – Secured his long-awaited 100th goal for Spurs in just 169 matches, producing an extraordinary half-cross half-shot to give his side the lead, before a more typical near-post finish put the result beyond doubt. Could have scored four or five had it not been for Pickford’s heroics. 9.
Mousa Dembele – Got his body in the way well on a number of occasions as Everton looked for a late consolation, and he just kept possession ticking along in the middle as Spurs secured a win. 6.
Harry Winks – Slotted into the Tottenham midfielder for the final quarter of an hour and he maintained their discipline, ensuring his side took the trip back to London with a clean sheet. 6.
Heung-Min Son – Came on for the final five minutes. N/A.