Tottenham Leaves Toffees in Tatters
Spurs are starting to believe they'll need an expanded trophy case when they finally move into their new stadium.
- They've advanced to the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea,
- They're in the Champions League Round of 16, and
- They're now in the conversation for a Premiership title.
That last possibility prompts thoughts of the improbable dream being within reach. Tottenham's only claimed England's top tier championship twice, in 1950-51 and 1960-61.
In the existential moment, though, Spurs were jarred into thinking that it was first time to get the show on the road.
This revelaton came in the 21st minute.
While Tottenham spent the opening run being menacing at Goodison Park, it was Gylfi Sigurðsson who took advantage of a hesitant defending, passed to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who fed Theo Walcott at the near post, where he smashed home past French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Rising to the task at hand, it only took six minutes for Spurs to turn things around and start the onslaught.
Dudes took advantage of a terrible mess by the Toffees defense. Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma didn't understand each other, as England's 'keeper raced off the line to clear the same ball Zouma was about to control.
They ended up colliding, and the ball ended up with Heung-Min Son, who celebrated Christmas early:
The 35th minute found Pickford palming away Son's effort, but the rebound fell to Dele Alli.
Confirmation that there was no coal in his stocking, either:
Not much to say about Everton's defense save for the fact they had a good view of the game.
By this time, Toff's manager Marco Silver had to be gazing at what he thought was his back four, asking ...
All that can be proven is there were still eleven blue sweaters out there for the second half.
However, Spurs resumed the same frenetic pace they'd been showing, and in the 48th, they struck again.
Kane got the ball on the right and tried to cross it to Son inside the box. Seamus Coleman attempted a clear, but it caromed straight to Christian Eriksen, whose first-time effort went straight into Pickford's low corner:
Valiant against the surging tide, Sigurðsson gave the Toffees a bitta hope with a highlight-reel goal in the 51st minute.
The Iceland international took possession, drove forward, zigged through a Spur or two, and fired home past Lloris, who managed to get a touch on the ball, but that was about it:
This was Tottenham's day, though. In the 61st, Son scored his second after substitute Erik Lamela targeted him inside the box, face-to-face with the unfortunate Pickford.
The South Korean striker took aim at what hockey players call the five-hole, and it was true:
The rout was finally capped in 74th.
Son was the architect of the play, picking up the ball, driving forward on the left-wing, and low-crossing it to Kane, who was inexplicably alone in the area and staring straight at Pickford. No contest:
Spurs are well and truly in the thick of the Premiership race:
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is being coy about the rumors swirling around him regarding taking the reins at Old Trafford, which will result in a rich dude getting richer one way or another by springtime.
It's clear his stock is increasing every time Tottenham takes to the pitch these days.
If only Santa would deliver him a steader defense. Sooner or later, that's what's gonna create that need for an expanded trophy case.