Harry Kane and Son Heung-min earn 9s as Tottenham hit Everton for 6

Aditya Devavrat 22:56 23/12/2018
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Everton away was supposed to be a potential banana-skin for Tottenham. Instead, Spurs pulled off a stunning 6-2 win that reasserted their credentials as title challengers, as they kept the gap to Liverpool to six points while moving to within two points of second-placed Manchester City.

On the other hand, it was a disappointing display from Everton, who would have been looking for a statement win against one of the Premier League‘s big six.

Here’s a look at how the players fared.

EVERTON (4-2-3-1)

Jordan Pickford 3 – A bad mix-up between him and Zouma for Tottenham’s opener. Yet another error leading to a goal from Everton’s goalkeeper; not a good night from England’s No1. And he was lucky not to see red.

Seamus Coleman 6 – The only Everton defender to not look all at sea, though he had to deal with Kane, Son, Alli, Lamela and Erisken all making threatening runs.

Michael Keane 5 – Zouma’s goal-conceding error spared Keane’s blushes, because overall, this was a poor performance from the Englishman, who offered no solidity to the back line and was caught too high up the field.

Kurt Zouma 4 – Pickford will get the attention for Son’s first goal but questions will be asked of Zouma as well.  A shaky performance from the Frenchman.

Lucas Digne 6 – Penned back when trying to attack, under siege in defence – not a game where Digne could have any impact.

Tom Davies 6 – Looked overrun in midfield against Tottenham’s energetic corps of Sissoko, Alli, Winks and Eriksen. Needs more playing time to regain his Premier League pedigree.

Andre Gomes 5 – Davies’ shaky performance is a poor reflection on Gomes, who should have offered more stability in the middle of the park.

Theo Walcott 6 – His goal masked another under-par performance from the former Arsenal man, who would have enjoyed his opener but has struggled to make an impact this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson 6 – Possibly the only Everton attacking player who played anywhere near close to his reputation, though it wasn’t enough to have a telling impact even though he scored.

Richarlison 5 – Got an assist for Sigurdsson’s goal with a clever pass, but was underwhelming otherwise.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 7 – The only home player to emerge from this game with a lot of credit. His assist for Walcott was excellent, and he was a tireless presence in attack throughout. Wrongly had a goal chalked off for a slight push on Sanchez.

SUBSTITUTES

Morgan Schneiderlin 5 – A poor substitution from Everton as, right after threatening to get back into the game, Schneiderlin’s introduction handed the initiative back to Spurs. Sat too deep and offered nothing going forward.

Bernard 6 – Will rightfully wonder why he didn’t start, even if the busy Christmas fixture list is reason enough to rotate. By the time he came on the game was gone.

Cenk Tosun 6 – Would have needed a miracle to make a discernible impact coming on at 6-2 down.

TOTTENHAM (4-3-1-2)

Hugo Lloris 6 – Could do little for either of Everton’s goals, and was largely untroubled otherwise as Spurs dominated.

Kieran Trippier 7 – Unlucky that his fierce free-kick ended up only setting up Kane for a goal off the post rather than adding to his own tally. Showed yet again why he’s such a highly-rated talent

Davinson Sanchez 7 – Sanchez is the embodiment of Spurs’ depth. A solid display from the Colombian, keeping Everton at bay.

Toby Alderweireld 7 – Spurs need to sign him to an extension, because if they let him walk for £25million in the summer, they’ll regret it. Another excellent performance.

Ben Davies 7 – Solid defending, crisp passing – exactly what you want from a full-back. Davies is slowly building a reputation as one of the best left-backs in the league.

Moussa Sissoko 8 – Another solid display in midfield from Tottenham’s rejuvenated Frenchman, who helped Spurs control the game in the middle of the park and stifled Everton’s threat.

Harry Winks 7 – If Winks continues to develop the way he has, he may well end up becoming a regular for both club and country. Another display of composed, incisive passing.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Winks may be earning superlatives for his performances. Eriksen is making his brilliance seem routine. The great Dane ran the show in midfield and his finish was sublime.

Dele Alli 8 – A composed finish rounded off a bruising display in midfield. Alli continues to go from strength to strength. Substitution seemed precautionary, Spurs fans will certainly hope so.

Son Heung-min 9 – A game that showcased Son at his best. Two simple but brutal finishes, and an equally excellent first-time assist for Harry Kane.

Harry Kane 9 – Kane won’t score two easier goals all season – though his second required precise movement and finishing. Another superlative all-around display from Spurs’ talisman.

SUBSTITUTES

Erik Lamela 7 – Lamela has blown hot and cold this season, but this was a nice cameo off the bench after coming on at the start of the second half, including a good assist for Son’s second goal.

Oliver Skipp 7 – What a moment for the 18-year-old academy product, making his Premier League debut. Came on in perfect circumstances, with his team 6-2 up, and showcased some neat passing.

Lucas Moura 6 – Would have wanted to come on earlier as Spurs ran up the score, and had little impact after coming on.

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