Four interesting statistics to surface from Tottenham’s routine victory over Everton
Mauricio Pochettino would no doubt have been a relieved man after seeing his side re-find their winning formula at Goodison Park on Saturday as Tottenham coasted past a lifeless Everton side.
Harry Kane scored his 100th and 101st goals in a Tottenham shirt and Christian Eriksen added a thumping effort as the north London side secured their first victory since the opening weekend.
Ronald Koeman’s side offered very little going forward all match, failing to test the resolve of Hugo Lloris with any sort of potency, and the Merseyside outfit slipped to their second consecutive defeat.
Read on for four statistics that defined Tottenham’s routine victory over Ronald Koeman’s side.
100 & 101 – Kane reaches milestone
There is only one place to start and that’s with Harry Kane.
At just 24-years-old he found the back of the net for the 100th time for Tottenham, managing so in just 169 appearances for the north London club – faster than Thierry Henry did over at rivals Arsenal (181).
It is hard to put into perspective just how incredible an achievement it is for the England international, especially considering the criticism that had had been facing early in the Premier League season due to his so-called ‘goal drought’ in August, but Kane is on his way to being one of the greats.
In scoring his second at Goodison Park it also signalled his 80th Premier League goal in just 120 appearances, getting there quicker than Henry (132), Sergio Aguero (128) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (122).
This just goes to show the esteemed sort of company that Kane is already keeping at such an early stage of his footballing career – and we all know what the others managed to achieve in their time.
10 – Sanchez settles in nicely for Spurs
But whilst it may have been Kane that took the headlines after full-time at Goodison Park, club-record £42million signing Davinson Sanchez was impressing on his first-team debut for Tottenham.
The Colombian lined up on the left-hand side of a defensive three alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld and he looked like he’d been playing with them for years, slotting in seamlessly.
He barely put a foot wrong all afternoon, making ten clearances and three interceptions as he continuously shut the door on Everton, making more defensive actions than any player on the pitch.
It may have only been one game but he looks like he could be the real deal at the back for many years to come, with Sanchez already showing the discipline, sense of positioning and timing in the challenge that his Belgian partners have – yet adding his own brute force to the back-line to rough up the opposition.
2 – Everton lacking productivity in Lukaku’s absence
If Everton’s start to the new Premier League season has proven anything it’s that spending large amounts of money and undergoing large-scale recruitment doesn’t guarantee immediate success.
Over £100million and a number of high-profile players later and Ronald Koeman’s side are still attempting to find a winning formula, falling short against Tottenham just like they did with fellow London side Chelsea a fortnight ago in an equally lethargic and uninspiring display in front of goal.
The void left by Romelu Lukaku was always going to be noticeable at first but, in not recruiting a strong and proven replacement in the transfer window, the goals have already dried up at Goodison Park.
On Saturday the hosts managed just two shots on target – courtesy of young substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin – and they struggled to be innovative in the final third, creating just six chances in 90 minutes.
Fortunately for Koeman the games will come thick and fast now with the Europa League due to commence this Thursday, and he’ll hope the lure of silverware will kick-start his side’s campaign.
4 – Can we play away every week?
Whilst their ‘home’ form at Wembley has been left wanting so far, Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued their fine recent record out of London by securing their fourth successive win on the road.
Saturday signalled the first time they’ve won four on the bounce away from home since January 2014 – winning five on that occasion – and it’s given Spurs respite from a poor start at Wembley.
The so-called ‘Wembley hoodoo’ will no doubt subside soon and with momentum on their side due to their impressive away form they’ll be full of confidence heading in to Saturday’s tie with Swansea City.
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