Tottenham made the trip to Goodison Park to face off against Ronald Koeman’s Everton side on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign. Spurs had finished in third place last season and were hoping to make a positive start to the new campaign. Mauricio Pochettino would have wanted his team to be positive and put in a solid performance, though things did not start off too well for the visitors.
It was the home side that took the lead in the 5th minute of the match, when Ross Barkley scored from a free-kick. The north London outfit tried to equalize, though there were no more goals in the first half, despite some good chances for either side. In the second half, Erik Lamela scored in the 59th minute against the run of play to give the away team some hope in the game. There were no more further goals in the game and it eventually ended in a stalemate.
Hugo Lloris: 5.5/10
Could not do anything about the opening goal of the game, which came quite early from the Barkley free-kick. Made quite a few good saves, though had to go off in the 35th minute due a problem with his hamstring.
Kyle Walker: 7/10
An impressive game for his side, as he was involved in most of the action and his quickness proved to be a vital asset for Spurs. Made some superb runs to test the Toffees’ back-line and blocked Deulofeu on numerous occasions.
Toby Aldeweireld: 6.5/10
Looked quite solid at the heart of the defence. Tried his best to attack from corner kicks and maintain composure at the back as well.
Jan Vertonghen: 7/10
The veteran defender looked quite good at the back and kept the Everton attack at bay, though he faced some concerns against the speed of Deulofeu at times.
Danny Rose: 6.5/10
Put in a tiring shift, though he showed that he is fit and ready to go. Made an error when his inaccurate pass found an opposition player, but Vorm produced a brilliant save.
Eric Dier: 5/10
Sacrificed to add more quality to the front-line, as Spurs went 1-0 down. Made some well timed challenges inside the box, though he failed to control the play alongside Wanyama in midfield.
Victor Wanyama: 5/5
Made his debut for the Londoners, but lacked co-ordination with his teammates and failed to impress in his first outing for his new club.
Erik Lamela: 8/10
Immensely talented and was brilliant on the night. Scored the equalizing goal for his team and looked like a major threat with his positioning and passing..
Dele Alli: 5/10
Had a decent match. Looked much better once Jannsen came on, though can still play much better, as we know it.
Christian Eriksen: 6/10
Looked really good while passing the ball around, but could not produce anything special against Barkley, who was enjoying himself on the night.
Harry Kane: 5/10
Failed to produce anything special in the game and had a rather quiet match. Maybe it’s just the way that he starts, slowly and eventually picking up the pace and taking it to another level.
Michel Vorm: 5/10
With just 7 starts to his name last term, came on to replace Hugo Lloris after his injury. Kept the opponents out at the stroke of half time, when Rose made a really poor back pass.
Vincent Janssen: 6/10
Brought a much needed change in the attack, as he gave the players a lot more freedom to push forward and try to score the winning goal.