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Four interesting statistics to surface from Tottenham’s routine victory over Everton

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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.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Everton round-up: Mooy wanted, Loftus-Cheek and Wilshere on radar, Niasse targeted

Mathew Nash

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Please sir, may I have some Mooy?

The Sun are reporting Everton’s interest in Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy. They suggest that the Toffees are keen on the Huddersfield Town star, who is also wanted by West Ham United and Southampton.

The former Manchester City talent was crucial for the Terriers last season in their hunt for Premier League survival.

Now valued at around £18 million it appears the midfielder is now on the radar at Goodison Park.

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England internationals wanted

He is not the only midfielder being linked with Everton this weekend. The Mirror are reporting two England internationals are catching the eye of Everton this summer.

The report suggests Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are being targeted.

Loftus-Cheek, currently on England duty at the World Cup, is said to be available on loan again after his brilliant stint at Crystal Palace. Wilshere, on the other hand, is a free agent after failing to agree on a new deal with his boyhood club Arsenal.

Niasse exit?

Oumar Niasse is being considered as the back-up transfer option for Galatasaray this summer. The Istanbul club want Ahmed Musa of Leicester city to be their new striking option. However, they are also keeping tabs on the Everton star.

The report from beIN Sports, as relayed by Goal.com, suggest that Marco Silva will have the final say on Niasse, with the rest of the Everton hierarchy happy to let him go.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek could prove the silver lining in Ross Barkley exit

Everton are believed to be interested in a deal for the England midfielder.

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Everton are said to be in the hunt for Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer. The Mirror reports that the Chelsea and England midfielder is wanted at Goodison Park along with Arsenal’s out-of-contract star Jack Wilshere.

Loftus-Cheek dazzled during a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season and has made his way into the England team since. He is widely expected to start England’s second game of the World Cup against Panama later today.

The report claims he is available for another loan deal. But Everton will surely have designs on him becoming a permanent fixture if they decide to bring him in.

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If that transpires to be the case, then Everton might end up having the last laugh regarding the sale of Ross Barkley.

The enigmatic midfielder joined Chelsea from Everton in January. The fee, as reported by The Times, was around £15 million. It was a controversial deal. Six months previously the two clubs had agreed a £35 million deal, only for Barkley to pull out. With just months left on his contract, Everton had to accept the depreciated value of Chelsea’s second bid. The deal was so controversial, even Liverpool’s mayor got involved.

But if Barkley’s presence is preventing Loftus-Cheek, and he ends up at Everton, then the Toffees will have struck lucky.

The midfielder looks like everything Barkley has always promised to be but with just a little bit extra.

Loftus-Cheek could end up being the silver lining in the debacle that was the Barkley transfer.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

Jamie Watts

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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