Son-Kane connection sublime as Tottenham pick listless Everton apart

Son-Kane connection sublime as Tottenham pick listless Everton apart
From ESPN - January 13, 2018

LONDON -- Three points from Wembley on Tottenham's 4-0 win over Everton in the Premier League.

1. Tottenham trounce Everton in sparkling second half

This turned into the easiest of wins for Tottenham and a return to their bad old ways for Everton, who were well in the game until imploding early in the second half. Harry Kane scored twice and Christian Eriksen rounded things off but Son Heung-min, who provided the opener and also set up Kane's first, was the star here in a 4-0 victory that could easily have been even more convincing.

A slow start was enlivened on the quarter-hour when Son, meeting an Eriksen free kick at the near post, flicked a looping header narrowly off target. Everton responded immediately with a shot that Wayne Rooney dragged wide and at this point the game developed an end-to-end feel. Rooney saw a header disallowed for a narrow offside and then Kane, running through on the inside-left channel, drew a sharp parry from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Kane drew another save from Pickford and an opener began to look likely. It arrived in the 26th minute from a beautiful Spurs move, Eriksen switching the ball right to Serge Aurier, who was in acres of space and saw his driven cross touched in adroitly by the onrushing Son.

There was little more goalmouth action in what had turned into a watchable first half. The second began with a near carbon-copy of the opening goal. The buildup had even more artistry to it though, Son drawing gasps with a turn that left Jonjoe Kenny trailing before driving into the box and drilling in a centre that Kane touched in from close range. Shortly afterwards Son released Dele Alli but the midfielder blasted into the side netting; then Pickford beat away another Kane drive and Everton were reeling.

Son, almost unplayable by now, jinked in from the right before thumping a low drive against an upright. But the third goal soon arrived, a completely unattended Kane scuffing another point-blank finish past Pickford from Eric Dier's right-sided ball, and with half an hour still left it was damage limitation for the visitors.

Although Pickford saved from Son and Alli as the clock ticked down, he could not prevent the fourth. It was another lovely move with Son finding Alli, whose back-heel was swept home brilliantly by Eriksen, but once again Everton had failed to put up any serious challenge. They slunk from the pitch after a second period in which they had been demolished.

2. Brilliant Son has become vital to Tottenham

Son has become indispensable to Pochettino and Tottenham. The South Korean's strike was his 11th of the season and his fifth in consecutive home games, a feat that only Jermain Defoe had matched for Spurs in the Premier League era. His importance grows every year and these days he is the go-to man whenever Pochettino's team, whose intensity has dropped at times this season, need to step things up.


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