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Cenk Tosun shows promise but wretched Everton suffer at Tottenham

Cenk Tosun shows promise but wretched Everton suffer at Tottenham
From ESPN - January 14, 2018

Recent Tottenham dominance in this fixture continued on Saturday as the latest hapless Everton performance in a season littered with them saw the visitors outclassed from first whistle to last. A 4-0 hammering barely reflected the gulf between the two teams.

This four-goal defeat was as bad as anything served up under Ronald Koeman or David Unsworth as the away side went through the motions for 90 minutes. Everton began the match like a team expecting a defeat and left at full time having done nothing to try and affect that outcome.

Manager Sam Allardyce sent out a team that was neither compact nor adventurous, offering as little in defence as they did in attack. Those in royal blue retreated behind the ball but did not track runners or get close enough to the home side in possession. At the other end, a second successive league game without a shot on target aptly defined the non-existent attacking output.

Six games without a win and four successive defeats has stomped all over the honeymoon period and Allardyce must quickly rectify this slump before Everton start tumbling down the league table again.

Positives

Despite playing just over an hour and spending much of that time in total isolation from his teammates, new signing Cenk Tosun held the ball up well and emerged as a positive amid this miserable team performance. Belligerent in the lone striker role, not afraid to hassle the home defence, the former Besiktas striker also showed some neat touches, creating a chance for Wayne Rooney.

Negatives

Tottenham's 10 attempts on target in the 90 minutes is double the amount Everton have managed in their last six games combined. It is difficult to recall an Everton team so bereft of ideas and quality in possession or even the ability to perfect something as straightforward as a five-yard pass.

Manager rating out of 10

5 -- An afternoon of baffling decisions and tactics summed up by the ignorance of Ademola Lookman. From the best Everton player at Anfield in the last match to an unused substitute in this one.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Jordan Pickford, 6 -- A painfully familiar script as the Everton goalkeeper conceded four goals -- none his fault -- and still appeared one of the better players on the day.

DF Jonjoe Kenny, 4 -- Torrid afternoon for the young right-back but hopefully a useful learning experience as his development at this level continues. Beaten easily and often by the excellent Son Heung-Min.

DF Mason Holgate, 6 -- The best of a poor defensive unit and showed a level of composure absent in many of his teammates, although the 21-year-old was guilty of ball-watching for the Tottenham third.

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