With a penalty kick in a 2-0 victory over Everton to mark his 400th appearance for Tottenham, Harry Kane closed the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to just one point.
Demarai Gray and Amadou Onana both missed one-on-one opportunities as Frank Lampard’s visitors frustrated Tottenham for the whole of the first half. After the game, Lampard remarked, “If we took one of those, we probably don’t lose the game,”
But Jordan Pickford made a costly blunder, spilling a shot from Matt Doherty and then dragging down the Spurs striker as he sprinted to recover, just seconds after Kane made an incredible strike to open the second half.
On Wednesday in the Champions League, Kane (59) scored and missed the penalty spot, but there were no worries as he hammered his penalty in front of the South Stand. Kane is having a fantastic season with nine goals in 10 games, and he has now scored in five straight Premier League games for the first time.
Richarlison, another forward for Spurs, had his reunion with old team Everton cut short by that point owing to a calf injury. It was a less enjoyable evening for him. Richarlison’s departure gave Antonio Conte the chance to adapt to a 3-5-2, and the home team subsequently extended their 100% home record for this season with some authority. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg then sealed the victory with a deflected finish in 86-minute.
After ten games, the Spurs have had their best start to a Premier League season. Although they are still in third place, they are now tied with Manchester City ahead of their Super Sunday trip to Liverpool, while Arsenal still has a game in hand against Leeds. Everton, which lost on the road for the first time in four games, remains in 12th place.
Tottenham is undoubtedly at its best, and they can be the league leaders if they keep the fire burning.