Inthebuild-uptoEverton’sgameatWembley,SamAllardycewasatpainstopointoutboththathisteamwerefacingthebestcentreforwardintheworld,andthatTottenhamhadotherplayersbesidesHarryKanewhocouldhurtthem。

Itmighthavebeennicetotellhisplayers。

IfEvertonwereembarrassedbyArsenalandAtalantaunderRonaldKoeman,Allardyce’steamwerehumbledjustthesamebyTottenham。

MauricioPochettino’sshiftinformationtoincludeKane,

ChristianEriksen,Heung-MinSonandDeleAlliinafrontfourhasworkedacharm。

Everton’sdefendersandcentralmidfieldwerebarelyabletostickinthesamepostcodeasthisfluidbandofattackingbrothers。

AllardycehasreceivedflakfromEvertonsupportersforthewayinwhichhehasdiscardedallambitionagainsttheirtoughestopponents,butthisisnowbecomingaparody。

EvertonfailedtohaveashotontargetagainstChelsea。

EvertonfailedtohaveashotontargetagainstManchesterUnited。

EvertonfailedtohaveashotontargetagainstTottenham。

Thereisnothingwrongwithdefensivesecurity,andagainstTottenhamitactuallylookedaviableplan。

Pochettino’steamhavestruggledmostthisseasonagainstteamswhositbackandlookforopportunitiesonthecounterattackandfromsetpieces。

WestHam,WestBrom,BurnleyandSwanseahaveallearneddrawsatWembleythisseasonwiththatsametactic。

YetonSaturday,Evertonwereneitherspeculativenorsecure。

TheyallowedTottenhamtocreatechancesatwill,concededfourtimesandbarelymusteredachanceofnote。

WayneRooneyhadagoalcorrectlyruledoutforoffsidewiththegamestillgoalless。

Whennon-goalsaretheheightofcelebration,thejourneybacknorthpromisestobelong。

“SowhatareEvertonnow?

”maybethequestionaskedincarsandontrains。

Evertonhavefailedtohaveshotsontargetinthreeoftheirlastfiveleaguegames。

Pre-Allardyce,theyhadfailedtohaveshotsontargetinthreeoftheirlast222leaguegames。

Allardyce’sreasonabledefenceforEverton’spreviouslackofambitionwasalackofresources。

“Ourattackingpowersarelimited,”hesaidafterthehomedefeattoManchesterUnited。

“IknewthatbeforeIgothere,that’swhyI’vefocusedonusgoingforcleansheets。



YetatWembley,Evertonstartedtheirnew£27mstrikerCenkTosun。

NobodywasexpectingtoomuchofTosunondebut,buttheTurkeyinternationalwasstillleftworryingisolated。

TheonlyEvertonstartertohavefewertouchesoftheballwastheplayerintendedtobehiscreativeforce。

YannickBolasiemanaged25touchesin57miserableminutes。

Evertonmaywellwinbothoftheirnexttwoleaguegames,athometoWestBromandLeicester,andwillendtheseasoninmid-table。

YetitisnottheresultsthatwillcauseAllardycemostproblems,anditneverhasbeen。

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