Ahead of this clash on Saturday afternoon, many thought that Everton could pose a serious threat to an out of form Tottenham side. Instead, Mauricio Pochettino’s men highlighted all of the Toffees’ weaknesses and produced their best at Goodison Park.
Harry Kane scored twice, either side of a Christian Eriksen strike, as the Lilywhites eased to victory over their opponents, making light work of Everton who struggled to pose any threat as the game wore on.
Here are three things that The Boot Room learnt from the game…
Harry Kane loves September
Kane again went through August without finding the net, and then sprung into action on 1st September for England. At Goodison Park, he again rediscovered his form in the Premier League, scoring his first two league goals of the season and sending Spurs on their way to victory.
In the opening weeks of the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had lacked the clinical finishing that Kane usually brings to the table. Against Burnley, they needed the centre forward to have his shooting boots on, but on Saturday he made up for his misfiring efforts two weeks previously.
Money isn’t enough for Everton
Everton may have invested heavily this summer, but things are still yet to come together for Ronald Koeman. With goalkeeper Jordan Pickford having registered the highest number of passes so far this season, there is something fundamentally wrong with the set-up of Koeman’s side.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen are intended to bring creativity but the Toffees remain without any real threat going forwards and are lacking at the back. Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams lack pace in defence whilst many new signings are still adjusting to the new system.
Romelu Lukaku has not been replaced
Much of the investment this summer came from the sale of top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. Everton brought in Spaniard Sandro Ramirez for a bargain £5 million and Wayne Rooney in an undisclosed fee, but they remain without a talisman up-front.
With Sigurdsson creating opportunities, there was nobody there to get on the end of them. Everton’s finishing, when there was someone on the end of the service from midfield, was left wanting and highlighted how poorly they did not to bring in a striker to replace Lukaku.