Kane nets 100th goal as Spurs breeze past Everton
Harry Kane opened his Premier League account for the season and brought up a century of Tottenham goals, netting twice as Spurs turned over a sloppy Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.
Wayne Rooney’s appearance in the home team caught the eye, just days after being charged for drink-driving, but he ended up a bit part in a celebratory afternoon for his successor as England’s leading light.
Kane, who scored a pair against Malta on September 1st after his customary barren August, struck his 100th for Tottenham when an unintentional cross-shot swerved into the top corner then clipped home from close range early in the second half, with Christian Eriksen on target in between.
It was a controlled and clinical display from the London side, for whom Ben Davies excelled at left-back, and they have now taken six of their seven points away from their temporary Wembley home. Spurs switched to a three-man defence, accommodating Davinson Sanchez’s full debut at the back, while making fellow newcomer Serge Aurier wait in line behind Kieran Trippier.
Everton’s starting XI contained just two survivors from the counterpart fixture last season, Ronald Koeman’s first as manager, with Leighton Baines and Idrissa Gana Gueye the constants in a time of considerable change for the Toffees.
Rooney was subjected to a couple of mocking chants from the away end, though it was frankly a tamer songbook than he might have feared. It was Rooney’s neat pass that created the first chance of the day – freeing Cuco Martina, whose low cross was turned wide of the near post by Sandro Ramirez.
Spurs felt their way into the game, Eriksen missing by a yard after Dele Alli brought down a cross on his chest and Moussa Sissoko’s shot blocked by Ashley Williams after good work down the left.
After boos at half-time Koeman replaced Sandro and Davy Klaassen with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies, but the pair barely had a chance to take the temperature before Kane instigated a quick give-and-go with Ben Davies.
He raced on towards the six-yard box and tapped home as the full-back’s cross landed neatly into his stride. A hat-trick briefly looked on, Alli scrapping in the box and Kane testing Pickford from a tough angle, but neither side added to the score.