Fat Sam Allardyce wasn’t so full of himself after his Everton side left Wembley after being on the end of a bigger beating than they did under Koeman.
You have to ask if a Sam Allardyce team can’t defend what is the point of Sam Allardyce?
But when you’re facing a side containing Kane, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Dembele, Dier, Aurier, it’s not that easy. I mean Harry didn’t even really turn up in the first half and still, bar the offside goal, Everton weren’t in the game.
Son was. Son really was in the game. Opening the scoring with his eighth league goal so far this season. This puts him in the top ten scorers in the league. Half of the goals have been game winners, most are important. He scores openers, equalisers and winners. This opener meant he’s now scored in the five straight home games, amazingly only the second Spurs player to do so after Defoe.
But he also assists and his assist for the second was sweet. From the initial turn to then getting space on the defender and placing it for an easy tap in for Kane. In doing so Kane equalled the Spurs scoring record for the Premier League era, with his 87th goal to joining Teddy Sheringham. Twelve minutes later he was doing what Kane does so regularly these days, breaking a record, as he moved past Teddy onto 98. And when you look at the record it’s more remarkable by the fact that Kane has done it in 135 games, Sheringham took just over a hundred game more and the rest, Keane and Defoe, took even more than that.
In between Dele should have extended the lead from a glorious Son ball, while the Korean could have had his second with a power drive that came off the post.
People accuse Kane of being a tap in merchant – totally overlooking all the shots from outside the box, or the curlers from just inside – well both his were this time. Laid on a plate but more than just that, expert in the art of forward play, getting in there to tap ’em in. A beaut of a curling low cross from Dier on the right and Kane gets in there when in reality he had no right to.
Son then had another chance to double up, his shot saved and Dele couldn’t finish from the rebound but the fourth did follow shortly. And what a goal it was, involving every Spurs player from Hugo at the back through to the finish by Eriksen…
The ultimate team goal? Every Spurs played touched ball in build-up to Eriksen goal.
— Charles COYS (@charlesrich82) January 14, 2018
Artistry, especially the final few passes. Kane’s hold up and off to Aurier, Son’s first time pass to Dele, Dele’s back heel to Eriksen and the Dane bangs in a curler away from the flying Pickford. You can’t say one to eleven these days with shirt numbers but it was.
A fitting finish to a fine performance. Though he got his usual brace, one that didn’t rely on Harry – Son being the outstanding player on the day – where everyone looked to be on their game, Eriksen’s passing, Dele drifting into space. Aurier with acres of space put in some decent balls. Dembele looked to be the real Dembele, gliding past players, and shouldering others off the ball. Dier looked better, maybe having Wanyama there on the bench – a little kick up the backside – while Wanyama looked good when he eventually came on.
The rest of the defence, well they weren’t really troubled enough by the visitors. Yes there was the offside header from Rooney and their new bloke looks like he can hold a ball up but Allardyce saying maybe they should be more boring when they didn’t even mister a shot on goal, how more boring can you get?
Play like this for the rest of the season, and it looks like they’re hitting some good form, and well it could be a decent end to the season…