Tottenham 4-0 Everton: Harry Kane becomes Spurs' record Premier League goalscorer
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 14/01/18 1:31pm
Harry Kane scored twice in Tottenham's 4-0 win against Everton on Saturday evening to become the club's top all-time Premier League goalscorer.
Teddy Sheringham had previously held the record of 97 goals in England's top flight for the club, but Kane met and surpassed the tally with his double, tapping home early in the second half (47) before bobbling the record-breaking goal into the net 12 minutes later.
Heung-Min Son (26) had opened the scoring in the first half, and matched his own Tottenham record as he netted in his fifth consecutive home Premier League game - equalling Jermain Defoe's previous efforts - and Christian Eriksen rounded off proceedings late on (81), sweeping home a fine team move.
Spurs: Lloris (6), Aurier (7), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7), Dier (7), Dembele (7), Eriksen (7), Son (9), Alli (7), Kane (8).
Subs used: Wanyama (5), Sissoko (n/a), Lamela (n/a).
Everton: Pickford, Kenny (6), Holgate (6), Jagielka (6), Martina (5), McCarthy (5), Gueye (5), Bolasie (5), Rooney (6), Sigurdsson (6), Tosun (6).
Subs used: Lennon (5), Calvert-Lewin (5), Schneiderlin (5).
Man of the match: Heung-Min Son.
Tottenham remain in fifth spot, level on 44 points and goal difference with Liverpool ahead of their game with Manchester City live on Sky Sports on Sunday, while Everton are also still in ninth place.
Spurs saw the better of the ball in the opening period and could have taken the lead in the 15th minute. Eriksen whipped a superb free-kick into the box, which met the head of Son at the near post after a bursting run, but he could only flash the effort over the crossbar.
Everton had the ball in the net eight minutes later, but it was ruled out for offside. Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner was flicked on by debutant Cenk Tosun, finding the head of Wayne Rooney, and although his glancing effort beat Hugo Lloris, the linesman already had his flag raised.
Tottenham made one change with Mousa Dembele replacing Moussa Sissoko. Cenk Tosun made his Everton debut in one of six changes as Gylfi Sigurdsson, James McCarthy, Idrissa Gueye, Jonjoe Kenny and Phil Jagielka also came into the side.
This seemed to put the fire into Tottenham as Son scored the opening not long after. A great switch of flanks from Eriksen saw him pick out Serge Aurier on the right hand side, who in turn fizzed an inviting ball into the box. Son was there waiting to tap home, and continue his fine run of form in front of goal.
The South Korea international was involved again as Kane netted his first of the game two minutes after the restart. He took the ball around Jonjoe Kenny before bursting down the left-hand side, with his cross into the box tapped home by a waiting Kane as he equalled Sheringham's record.
Son could have added the third in the 58th minute, collecting a cross-field pass from Kane before cutting across the top of the box and striking, but his thunderous effort thrashed against the woodwork before going wide, although Kane made sure to net another Spurs goal a minute later.
Eric Dier curled the ball into the area and Kane was again waiting to tap home, with the effort ricocheting off his foot and shin before bobbling past Jordan Pickford as he took his Premier League goals tally for Tottenham to 98 and became their leading goalscorer in the competition - and counting.
But perhaps the best goal of the evening came in the 81st minute after a fine flowing move saw Eriksen net Spurs' fourth. Five players were involved in the build-up, but it was a superb back heel from Alli at the edge of the box that found Eriksen on the left, before he powered home to seal a superb Spurs victory.
- Harry Kane became only the third player to score at least 20 goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns, after Thierry Henry (5) and Alan Shearer (4).
- This was Tottenham's biggest margin of victory in a game against Everton since a 10-4 win in October 1958.
- The result was also Sam Allardyce's 19th Premier League defeat by four or more goals - the most of any manager in the competition.
- Everton failed to record a shot on target for the fourth time in a Premier League match this season - no side has failed to do so in more games (Swansea also 4).
Mauricio Pochettino: "He [Harry Kane] can do everything because of his mentality and how he is as a professional. He can achieve all he wishes and he wants.
"It is unbelievable the way that he is able to work and his willingness. He is always thinking to try to improve, improve, improve, score goals and improve for the team."
Sam Allardyce: "Maybe I have a bit of responsibility by playing too much attacking-minded players and not as many defending-minded players. I should have got back to being a bit more boring and a bit less adventurous.
"It was a shock second-half performance. I saw some of the good signs of the players last week against Liverpool, and I saw some of the worst signs second half tonight. It was massively worrying in terms of how can a performance become so bad in such a short period of time."
Man of the match - Heung-Min Son
While Kane may take the headlines for breaking more records, it was in fact Son who was the most attacking player on the field and was involved in three of the four Spurs goals.
He continually powered towards goal whenever he had possession, linking up superbly with Alli and Kane on numerous occasions. He could have added more to tally too, having been denied by the woodwork and goalkeeper Pickford.
And of course, let's not forget he matched his own record on Saturday, scoring in five successive home Premier League games and will be hoping to surpass this against Manchester United in a few weeks' time (January 31).
Tottenham will be in Premier League action against next Sunday when they travel to Southampton live on Sky Sports while Everton welcome West Brom to Goodison Park on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.
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