Everton got their season off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over an uninspiring Tottenham Hotspur side thanks to a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The additions of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure brought solidity to the Everton midfield and helped the Toffees record their first win at a big 6 side’s ground since December 2013.
The creativity of the other new signing James Rodriguez also allowed for Everton to dominate proceedings for much of the game.
Everton almost took the lead midway through the first half when Richarlison latched onto Ben Davies’ loose pass, sped away from Toby Alderweireld and rounded Hugo Lloris before blasting an off-balance shot wide of the empty goal.
Debutant Matt Doherty was on the end of Tottenham’s only real chance of the game after a neat one-two with Harry Kane sent the Irishman in only for his shot to be saved by the legs of England international Jordan Pickford.
The only goal of the game came on 54 minutes when Lucas Digne’s 40 yard free kick, which appeared to be taken from the incorrect place, was met with a resounding header by Dominic Calvert-Lewin who will be hoping that another impressive goal-scoring season will see him make the England squad for next summer’s UEFA European Championship.
A remarkably professional and well-organised performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s side will certainly be a source of optimism amongst Evertonians. Meanwhile, there is cause for concern in the Tottenham camp after an unimaginative display against a potential rival for the European places come the end of the season.
13th September 2020 – Premier League