Duo should be binned in summer: Three things learned about Everton in defeat to Tottenham
By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Everton’s 3-2 loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Lukaku not on Kane’s level
The Belgian striker has gone missing too many times in his career against some of the bigger sides and despite an 81st minute goal, he barely offered anything to Everton’s cause all afternoon. Although Lukaku has just one less league goal than Kane this season, the Spurs striker has proved that he can make chances for himself against the better sides. You could argue that Lukaku didn’t get the support he required from the Everton midfield, but the best strikers make chances for themselves and that was apparent in this very game as Kane scored a wonderful goal after fashioning an opening for himself.
Summer recruitment should be focused on defence
If there’s one area Ronald Koeman needs to focus on in the summer transfer window, it has to be the defence. Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori don’t seem like the centre-back pairing that a team with Everton’s ambition should have. As a partnership, they just don’t work together and should be binned in the summer. Williams was great for Swansea but he has been less than impressive on Merseyside since his summer switch. Funes Mori, on the other hand, doesn’t look like a defender that can install any sort of belief into a backline. He was easily picked apart by Spurs and struggled to cope with Dele Alli’s aerial challenges. Joe Hart or Jordan Pickford are two potential names that the Toffees could look to swoop for in the summer to improve on Joel Robles, who had a torrid afternoon.
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Barry should not have started
Everton supporters found it a strange decision by Koeman to start Gareth Barry in the midfield. They found it stranger still that James McCarthy wasn’t deemed a capable enough replacement for Ademola Lookman to sure up the midfield. Barry has recently turned 36-years-old and he looked unable to deal with the energetic Spurs midfield on Sunday. He couldn’t get his feet sorted in order to block Kane’s opening goal and he just seemed to easy for Tottenham players to play against all afternoon. Koeman has to dip into the transfer market in the summer to replace the former Aston Villa midfielder.
In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman is personally scouting an Ajax midfield maestro.