Harry Kane is just one goal away from equalling Frank Lampard’s Premier League goal tally as he netted twice in Tottenham’s 5-0 thrashing of the Chelsea legend’s Everton side.
Antonio Conte’s men raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Michael Keane own goal and strikes from Heung-min Son and Kane.
Kane looks to be back to his imperious bestGetty This is the heaviest defeat of Lampard’s managerial careerAFP
Sergio Reguilon made it 4-0 a matter of seconds after being brought on at the start of the second half, while Kane’s expertly-taken volley, which took him to 176 Premier League goals and above Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, completed the rout.
Spurs could’ve won by more against their abject opponents as Eric Dier hitting the crossbar with a header, while Davinson Sanchez, Son and Kane also went close.
The result sees Spurs move level on points with sixth-placed West Ham and close the gap on fifth-placed Manchester United to two points and have played two fewer league matches than their top four rivals.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are just one point above the relegation zone but have played one match less than 18th-placed Burnley.
Spurs equalled their best ever Premier League win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will now have real belief that they can gate-crash the Champions League qualification places.
Conte’s men, although still in seventh, are three points behind Arsenal and firmly in the race ahead of a crunch visit to Manchester United next week.
Conte will have absolutely no complaints about Tottenham’s performance thoughAFP
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The problem is you never know what you are going to get with Spurs in recent weeks as they followed a win at Manchester City with embarrassing defeats at Burnley and Middlesbrough.
But it was clear from early on that this was going to be a good night as they took early control of the game.
They went ahead in the 14th minute as Ryan Sessegnon was set free down the left and his cross was put through his own net by Keane, who scored a second own goal in three appearances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was 2-0 three minutes later as Spurs produced a lovely team move, but required a helping hand from Jordan Pickford.
Keane couldn’t do much about Sessegnon’s wicked cross from the leftGetty But Pickford should’ve done more to stop this strike from SonGetty
Kane found Dejan Kulusevski, who played in Son and the South Korean was grateful to see a weak shot squirm through Pickford’s body and into the back of the net.
Son and Matt Doherty missed big chances to make it 3-0, but Kane did not need a second invitation in the 37th minute.
Doherty played an exquisite first-time pass to Kane, who raced through on goal and finished clinically past his England team-mate Pickford.
The break did not stop Spurs’ momentum or allow Everton to stem the tide as they made it 4-0 after just 41 seconds of the second half.
Reguilon put the result beyond any doubt right at the start of the second halfGetty Kane now has 176 Premier League goals and is one behind LampardAFP
Son passed to Kulusevski and the Swede bagged a second assist by cutting back to Reguilon, who scored with his first touch having come on at half-time.
Spurs were not showing mercy and moments after Eric Dier had headed against the crossbar, Kane made it five with the goal of the night.
It was a great ball over the top by Doherty to pick out Kane, who found the bottom corner with a superb first-time volley.
Everton brought Dele Alli on for his first return to north London since his January exit but there was no saving the game.
Spurs took their foot off the pedal but the damage had been done as Everton were left to reflect on a bad night.
Alli was brought on with Everton already 5-0 down and said hello to his old teammates at the end of the matchGetty
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