TIME UP: Romelu Lukaku is set to leave Everton, but what's next for him and the club?

By Paddy Boyland

Everton succumbed to a grossly disappointing 3-2 defeat against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Two goals from Premier League top scorer Harry Kane and a late strike from Dele Alli were enough to see off Ronald Koeman’s men, who were largely outclassed by the dominant north Londoners.

Romelu Lukaku gave Everton a glimmer of hope with a low effort on 80 minutes, but the hosts put the game to bed in injury-time through Alli’s composed finish.

Substitute Enner Valencia then managed a consolation goal for the visitors, who were unable to find the equaliser that, in truth, their display barely warranted.

Here’s how the men in blue rated in the capital.

Joel Robles 4
Culpable for the first goal as poor positioning allowed Kane to fire in from an improbable position. Distribution hurried throughout and certainly one of his poorer outings in recent months.

Seamus Coleman 4
Often found himself in promising positions, yet was routinely let down by wayward execution. The Irishman had originally been graded a point higher, but lost a mark for punting the ball straight into Lloris’ hands in what was effectively the last attack of the game. At times, his crossing leaves an awful lot to be desired.

Ashley Williams 3
Relatively strong in the first-half as Spurs peppered the Everton area, but sullied his performance after the break with a poor touch for Kane’s second and a needless foul in the build-up to Alli’s clincher. Needs to learn how to harness aggression effectively.

Ramiro Funes Mori 3
Reckless in tackle, dreadful on the ball and prone to lapses in concentration such as the one which nearly gifted Kane his hat-trick. A display which highlights the need for a new, left-sided central defender to be brought in over the summer.

Leighton Baines 4
Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession as the Blues failed to adapt to Tottenham’s energetic pressing game, and switched off to allow Alli to run off him for the killer third goal. Had a bad day at the office- but was far from the only one.

Morgan Schneiderlin 4
Started well as he snapped into tackles and tried to compete with the hosts’ powerful midfield unit, but influence waned as the match progressed. Rare error for the second goal, although wasn’t helped by lax play from both Robles and Williams.

Idrissa Gueye 4
Often second best in the battle with opposite number Victor Wanyama and regularly lost possession as Spurs gained the upper-hand in the centre of the park. A couple of steps back after last weekend’s promising performance.

Gareth Barry 4
The surprise name on the teamsheet given the north Londoners’ pace and power in midfield, Barry was never likely to influence proceedings and ended up being a peripheral figure throughout. Criminally, stood off to allow Kane to shoot from distance for the opener.

Tom Davies 5
The youngster was a willing runner in a slightly more advanced midfield role, but as with others, rarely influenced the game against the impressive hosts.

Ross Barkley 7 (Everton Man of the Match)
Comfortably Everton’s best player on a day when many others fell way below the standards required. Always available for the ball, led late fightback and delivered free-kick for Valencia’s consolation goal. Finally adding consistency to his game.

Romelu Lukaku 6
Hideously isolated for long spells, but took his goal superbly. This one’s not on him.

Subs:
James McCarthy 6
Provided much-needed energy and brawn from the bench. Should have started.

Kevin Mirallas 5
Full of running, yet didn’t really get into the game. Did, by default, help Lukaku out by offering an extra body in attack.

Enner Valencia 6
Took his goal well and added an extra dimension to Everton’s forward play. Deserves more of an opportunity against West Brom.

1 COMMENT

  1. Ronald koeman was to blame yesterday. Starting with 5 central midfielders, no pace and no support for rom it was obvious before a ball was kicked what was gonna happen. Ashley Williams was not at fault for the second at all that was a combination of robles and schneiderlin. I’d like to know what’s happened to 3 at the back? It’s a formation we seem comfortable with yet he doesn’t seem to want to use it anymore and for me it suits our defenders- Williams and mori are dreadful in a 2 but in a 3 it works for them. It also would have enabled our full backs to get out of our half. Bad tactics on the day was our downfall

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