Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Everton

  • Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Everton

Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Everton

And Harry Kane will hope to fire Spurs within touching distance.

The London side had lost just one of 11 league matches before Saturday and claimed another three points when Bakary Sako's first-half strike eluded Nick Pope.

The honeymoon period is over for Big Sam.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris 6, Aurier 8, Sanchez 7, Vertonghen 7, Davies 7, Dier 7, Dembele 7, Eriksen 8, Son 9, Alli 8, Kane 8.

'But for Jordan Pickford they could have had more, so I'm hugely disappointed in the professionalism of my players today.

Everton tried to find a way back into the match and, with five minutes remaining until the break, Tosun got down the left but produced a disappointing cutback with colleagues well placed.

'I think it's really out of order that you relinquish that responsibility just cos you've gone 2-0 down one minute into the second half... there's still another 44 minutes plus injury time to play, and play your way back into the game like you did in the first half'.

But equally, that means Son will not be going anywhere - and the next thing Tottenham need to do is give him a whacking new contract.

That means Kane will not be leaving and Spurs will fend off bids for the likes of Alli, Eriksen, Danny Rosem Toby Alderweireld etc. Subs: Wanyama 6, Sissoko n/a.

Everton, meanwhile, slump to a fourth consecutive defeat across all competitions and a sixth game in a row without victory, during which time they have only managed two goals.

Spurs opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Eriksen's lovely cross-field pass to Serge Aurier split the Everton defence in half.

47' - GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Everton. He powers into the left of the area and drills a low ball into the six-yard box for Kane to tap home.

Son followed that assist with a drive that hit the post flush from 18 yards out.

59' - GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Everton.

Vicarage Road was even more brightly bedecked in the club's traditional yellow colours than usual as Hornets fans marked the first anniversary of the passing of their celebrated former manager and ex-England boss Graham Taylor. More slick play from Spurs. I've see it now and it probably was before I got here and I've got to cut it out, cut it out starting tomorrow. Alli meets the rebound but can only steer straight at the keeper.

Son was involved again as Alli had a chance to make it three with 53 minutes played but could only steer his attempted finish into the side netting.