Harry Kane’s 100th Tottenham goal was the catalyst as Mauricio Pochettino’s side eased to an impressive 3-0 win at Everton. Having scored twice for England in Malta during the international break, Kane opened his club account for the season with a 28th-minute cross-shot to complete his century.
Christian Eriksen added a second three minutes before the break, before Kane got his second a little more than 40 seconds after the restart.
The result sees Spurs win for only the second time in 18 meetings between the clubs and Everton, who deployed Wayne Rooney from the off despite his off-field misdemeaours, can have few complaints about the final outcome.
Ronald Koeman’s side began brightly and Sandro Ramirez pulled a shot just wide of the target but that was as good as it got for the hosts as Tottenham grew in stature.
Ben Davies enjoyed a lot of space down the left and moments after he set up Eriksen, only for the Denmark international to miss, he assisted Moussa Sissoko but Ashley Williams was in the right place to block.
There was little Everton could do to prevent Tottenham’s opener, although for a while it was debatable as to whether Kane meant to score it or not. What looked at first glance like a cross from the right had dipped late and arced over Jordan Pickford’s head into the net.
What was certain is the goal had an adverse effect on the hosts – and they soon found themselves 2-0 down, with Eriksen the scorer. Again, Davies was afforded too much room when Dele Alli’s cross was not cleared and the full-back’s low shot was only palmed away by Pickford, with Eriksen mopping up to net.
Kane added a third within a minute of the restart, brilliantly executing a Davies cross with a finish which looked casual but required terrific technique.
From there, it was simply a case of seeing out time, with Tottenham rarely troubled and Everton surprisingly lacklustre as they seldom looked like finding a way back into the match.