No Bale again
Tottenham fans didn’t get their wish ahead of Friday’s game at Everton as Jose Mourinho once again left Gareth Bale out of his starting XI.
Changing things up from last weekend’s 3-1 defeat against Manchester United, the head coach only made two alterations as he went with a three-man defence in a change of formation.
Ahead of the game the Welshman did bump into a familiar face as he spotted Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti when walking towards the Spurs dugout.
Playing under the Italian at Real Madrid in his first two seasons in the Spanish capital, Bale stopped to hug his former boss and paused to chat for a brief period of time as had a quick catch up.
Not the first to make a beeline for Ancelotti this season, he definitely won’t be the last either due to the 61-year-old’s glittering managerial career.
Mourinho’s go-to guys
Trailing 2-1 following Gylfi Sigurdsson’s outstanding goal from Seamus Coleman’s cross, Mourinho knew he had to change things up to get Tottenham back into the game.
As has been the case numerous times this season, it was Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura who were introduced as he looked to turn the game in Spurs’ favour.
The duo may not chip in with goals and assists regularly but they are definitely Mourinho’s go-to guys.
However, the double substitution once again raised question marks over Bale’s role at Spurs as he wasn’t even brought on at all on Merseyside.
One of the best players in the world over the past decade and coming up with some priceless moments time and time again, Mourinho clearly doesn’t seem to have any faith in him given his limited pitch time this season.
The double change did work though as Lamela played a pivotal role in Kane’s second of the game as he swung in a cross from Tottenham’s right that his teammate took full advantage of after a defensive error from the Toffees.
Lamela and Lucas’ introduction at Goodison Park saw Sergio Reguilon and Tanguy Ndombele make way as Mourinho switched things about.
Both had struggled in the opening 60 minutes against Everton and the boss had quite clearly seen enough.
Not a good evening for Reguilon as he was adjudged to have fouled James Rodriguez for Everton’s penalty and was then out of position as Coleman fizzed a cross in for Sigurdsson’s second, his early exit didn’t go down well with him at all.
Given a jacket after coming off the pitch, the summer signing walked towards his seat amongst the substitutes and threw it to the ground.
He was quite clearly not happy with his performance against the Toffees.
Kane’s classy touch
Tottenham had the chance to punish the hosts not long into the second half as Jordan Pickford kicked the ball out of play believing there to be an injured player on the ground just outside his box.
That wasn’t the case and it allowed Serge Aurier to take a quick throw to Kane not far from goal.
While some players would have just gone towards the box and looked to score, the striker realised what his England teammate had done and instead kicked the ball back to him rather than looking to profit from his error.
It really was a brilliant piece of sportsmanship from the Premier League’s top goalscorer and a few Everton played applauded him as a result.
Dier’s run and cross
Eric Dier remained in the Tottenham team on Friday night as he started on the left of a back three.
Not a position you would expect to see him push on and attack from, he did exactly that early in the second half with a run down the flank.
It culminated with a dinked cross towards the back post that Lucas Digne had to head away from under his own crossbar under pressure as Spurs looked to add a second of the evening.
Sheffield United caught the eye last season with their overlapping centre-backs and that’s exactly what Dier did as Reguilon stayed back to cover him.