The new manager bounce is definitely gone at Goodison Park. The Toffees are firmly in the relegation dogfight. The Spurs blow hot again with a comprehensive victory at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium but the surprising thing to stick out here was the lack of fight from Everton. You could see the heads drop right from the moment Keane stuck the ball into his own net. Look, Frank Lampard has kept faith with Michael Keane even though he has had a season to forget but both Frank and Benitez before him didn’t help with the structure of the team selection. Pairing him with Holgate who is essentially a right back isn’t going to work no matter how you look at it. Gordon has been Everton’s main man this season and he continued to impress albeit in a losing cause but the rest of the signings including Donny Van De Beek and Delle Alli have failed to find consistency. Tottenham however played their best game of the season thus far. The wing play from Sessegnon and Doherty(which Conte demands of his players) was top notch, the passing was zippy and precise. Just watch the second goal from Son. If The Sourth Korean didn’t have a sight of goal Sessegnon was in acres on the left.
Now, some people may say I am overly critical of Holgate who has been a fantastic Toffee in his time at Goodison but he will want to forget this game in a hurry. Watch his position in the buildup to Spurs’ third goal. Watch him(number 4) drift into an inner midfield position leaving his position open(center defense) without communicating with Keane or at least making sure he is back. The fact that Everton didn’t make Lloris make a single save in the match should worry Lampard. There is no creativity at all. The wisdom of letting a guy like James Rodriguez go in the summer surely is biting back hard. Everton now a point above the relegation zone with Burnley occupying the last slot. Everton crucially have a game in hand that they really need to win now. Just two league wins since December for them.