Another shocking performance from the Blues away from home sees them get rolled over by spurs with questions over Allardyce’s style of football emerging. Here’s five things we learned.
Allardyce’s effect wearing off
When Allardyce was first appointed as Everton manager he steadied the ship, his first seven games saw him go unbeaten and he pushed the toffees up the table and away from the relegation zone.
Everton however, are now going under their first bad spell under Allardyce and have now lost four games on the bounce as well as being winless in six, including a derby defeat to local rivals Liverpool the week before.
One of Allardyce’s biggest criticisms at the minute is his attacking football as in recent weeks it has been non-existent. Before Allardyce Everton had failed to have a shot on target in three of their last 222 games, with Allardyce Everton have now failed to have a shot on target in three of their last five games.
The defeat also meant that Everton have lost their first three games of a calendar year for the first time since 1961. Everton now have back to back home games, one of them being against West Brom, and Allardyce will now be hoping this can get Everton back to winning ways.
Harry can’t stop scoring
Kane’s career is currently going from strength to strength and he’s now made another significant step. After tonight’s game Kane is now Tottenham’s all-time highest Premier League goal scorer with 98 goals, overtaking Sheringham’s 97 – in 100 less games.
With Kane still in the early stages of his career it does beg the question of just how many goals he can get in the Premier League, if he’s to stay in it. Kane has reached his tally in just 135 games and is now just two goals off joining the prestigious 100 goal club.
So far there are 26 players who have scored 100 or more goals in the Premier League. The player to score 100 + goals in the fewest games being Ian Wright who scored 113 goals in 213 games. So far Kane is on track to smash that.
Everton’s away day blues continue
Going into this game luck wasn’t particularly on Everton’s side, their last victory against Spurs away from home was back in 2008 when a Steven Pienaar winner helped the blues to a one nil win.
On top of that the Blues now hold an abysmal record of picking up just one win in 43 games against the top six away from home. Defeats so far this season coming against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United as well as draws against Manchester City and Liverpool to keep the trend going.
Everton have also failed to win away from home in 2018, continuing a miserable run from 2017 which saw the blues pick up just two wins on the road all year. Granted, one of those wins did come from Allardyce after Everton beat Newcastle in December. However, if Allardyce wants to move up the table then picking up three points on the road has to start being the priority.
Everton need a left-back
This season it has been well documented that Everton have needed a striker in order to replace Lukaku’s goals. However, the game against Tottenham made it painfully obvious just how badly the toffees also need a left-back.
The current stand-in, Cuco Martina, was questioned when in his natural position of right-back and hasn’t faired much better at the other side of the pitch.
Too many times Serge Aurier found acres of space on the left-hand side of the pitch and Everton were eventually punished in the 26th minute, with some possibly questioning Martina’s defending leading up to the goal.
With Baines’ age now catching up with him and Cuco Martina’s obvious flaws Everton’s links to Theo Walcott recently may be a concern to some about whether that’ll distract Everton from the more pressing situation.
Son’s form continues
Son has now scored in his last five league home games in a row for spurs, being just the second player to do it in the club’s history.
Since being included back into the team Son has gone from strength to strength and so far this season in 16 league appearances the South Korean international has notched eight goals and five assists.
With the drop of form from Dele Ali this season, Son’s run has been very welcome for Pochettino and the Argentinian will be hoping Son will be able to put in more man of the match performances, just like he did against Everton, to aid Tottenham’s push for a top four finish.