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.
Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence
The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.
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.
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.
Sam Allardyce transfer target Marcelo Brozovic thriving in Russia
Everton tried to sign the Croatian in January but he has since been in fine form.
Croatia may have just sent Argentina packing from the World Cup. The Balkan side produced a ruthless punishment over the South American side, who were inept in their 3-0 defeat. The result was built on a midfield masterclass. The world-class Luka Modric and brilliant Ivan Rakitic had acres of time and space to send Argentina spinning.
But, the anchorman also deserves credit. Marcelo Brozovic, for the second game in a row at the World Cup, was brilliant. The pendulum in the heart of the Croatia clockwork, the Inter Milan star showed just why he became a key player for the Nerazzurri at the back end of last season.
Which is a lot different to January, when it seemed he was Everton bound.
Sam Allardyce pursued the Croatian fervently throughout winter. As summed up by Football Italia the Toffees were one of several teams willing to buy the player, with his time at Inter coming to an end. The Nerazzurri were apparently looking for a fee in the region of €28 million (£24.5 million) for the player.
But no deal ever came to fruition. Now Everton must be wishing that Big Sam and co had pushed the deal over the line.
Everton are said to be on the lookout for class improvements this summer and Brozovic is proving to be just that.
Inter Milan will be ecstatic that they did not end up selling the player. But watching him thrive for Croatia at the World Cup will continue to give Everton fans that feeling of missing out.
£17.6m on Marco Silva favourite would be waste of Everton’s resources
The Peruvian played under Silva at both Watford and Sporting and is now linked with Everton.
As recently reported in the print edition of Correio da Manha, as relayed by Sports Witness, Everton are believed to be in the hunt for Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo this summer. The Toffees, along with ‘other English sides’ and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, are all said to be keen on the player who is valued at around €20 million (£17.6 million).
It all comes after his excellent showing in the World Cup against Denmark recently. Now, with Peru facing France later today, he will again look to impress.
But Everton would be wasting their money at £17.6 million.
Yes, Carrillo is talented. His performance v Denmark was impressive, however, he was up against an out of position left-back in Stryger Larsen and his end product still left much to be desired.
It was a big improvement on his form at Watford. The 27-year-old was erratic for the Hornets, scoring just twice in 30 games and bagging just two assists. Those are not stats consistent with such a financial outlay.
Marco Silva knows the player well. The new Everton boss had him at Sporting and then lured him to Watford last summer.
But, despite his history with the player, Everton should steer well clear this summer.