Harry Kane became Spurs’ record Premier League goalscorer after scoring twice as Tottenham thrashed Everton.
Wayne Rooney put the ball in the net after a flick on from new Everton signing Cenk Tosun but it was ruled out for offside.
Son Heung-Min put the home side ahead minutes later after some sloppy Everton defending.
Kane topples Sheringham as Spurs sweep aside Everton
The Korean international followed his goal by setting up Kane just after halftime to double the home side’s advantage.
The England frontman then made Spurs history as he tapped in from close range to fly past Teddy Sheringham’s record.
Christian Eriksen then wrapped up the three points after a wonderful attacking move ended with the Dane lashing home Dele Alli’s backheel.
Spurs back to their best
After a tricky December, Tottenham will be relieved to find themselves back to dominating teams with their free-flowing football.
The spotlight will rightly be on Harry Kane. The 23-year-old’s consistency has been remarkable, leading the Premier League goalscoring charts on 22 goals, with him on track to win his third successive golden boot.
Son is another player that deserves plaudits. The Korean equalled a record of his own – scoring in five consecutive games for Spurs, level with Jermain Defoe.
This game as a whole highlighted how crucial it is for Spurs to get the first goal. After they did, it allowed them to let Everton stretch themselves, then attack them at a blistering pace.
This result sees Mauricio Pochettino’s men only just outside the top four on goals scored. With fourth placed Liverpool hosting high-flying leaders Manchester City, this could be the weekend that Spurs deservedly creep into the Champions League places.
Sticky evening for the Toffees
It was very much a classic Sam Allardyce performance for Everton. They spent their evening soaking up pressure and trying to hit Spurs on the counterattack.
Allardyce will, therefore, be disappointed in his teams’ defending for the goals they conceded, particularly the first. The Toffees’ back four allowed Son to slip between them and slip the ball straight in.
Everton as a whole looked toothless from the word go. Even at 1-0 down, they lacked any real urgency to get back into the game. It seemed most of the players were resigned to the fact that they would lose.
One positive they can take however is the impact of new signing Tosun. The £27m striker from Besiktas looked lively, having a big hand in several of his side’s attacks, including the flick on from Rooney’s disallowed header. Though he didn’t score, Everton fans can be encouraged for his future, as he will no doubt find his scoring touch soon if he keeps this up.
This result marks five games without a win for Everton. With Big Sam’s men having put some distance between both the top six and bottom three, they may be on the beach as early as January. If so, they need to find form again quickly, lest they risk being sucked back into the relegation dogfight.