Tottenham 5 Everton 0: Harry Kane equals Thierry Henry’s Premier League goal record as Spurs make Frank Lampard’s life miserable.
Dele Alli must have felt like he was back in high school as he stood on the sideline at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, watching his team lose again again.
As his former companions destroyed his return to N17, he was the only one in the away dugout.
Everton were already 5-0 down when Dele was substituted in for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to wild cheers in the 69th minute.
However, goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane in the first half, following Michael Keane’s early own-goal opener, meant the game was over well before halftime.
And Tottenham fans loved it, chanting, “Lampard, Lampard, what’s the score?” at Everton manager and former Chelsea foe Frank Lampard.
“You’re just a s*** Steven Gerrard,” says the best of the bunch.
The only surprise was that none of the 3,000 traveling Toffees fans joined in.
Some of those who had booed their guys out at halftime were on their way out when Sergio Reguilon made it 4-0 just a minute after the restart.
Everton and Lampard are now just one spot outside the relegation zone, since they now have a goal difference worse than Burnley, who are one place behind them.
With only six points on the road this season, the Toffees have the worst away record in the division.
Lampard has now lost all three of his away matches as manager.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte had no such issues, as his hot-and-cold side scorched their way to within three points of fourth-placed Arsenal, despite having played a game more.
The weather, on the other hand, could not be expressed in the same way.
Everton’s Donny van de Beek must have been feeling toasty as he removed his vest from under his short-sleeved shirt and handed it to a teammate to deliver to the kitman as the temperature plummeted approaching freezing at kick-off.
Everton sub Mason Holgate received a 90th-minute straight red card for a rough lunge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after only being on the pitch for eight minutes in Conte’s first game in charge in November, when the two sides drew 0-0 at Goodison Park.
Lampard made six changes to the starting lineup from the 2-0 FA Cup win over Boreham Wood on Thursday, and the defender was fortunate not to receive a third-minute booking for putting his foot in on Kane on the halfway line.
When he set up Son to seal their 4-0 thumping of Leeds in their previous League match, the England captain and Son set a new Premier League record for most goal combinations.
They should have added another when Kane passed his friend through in the 12th minute, but Anthony Gordon denied him with a great tackle due to Son’s uncommon reluctance.
Son sharpened up quickly, however, and had a part in Spurs’ first goal two minutes later, when his pass down the left found Ryan Sessegnon, whose near-post cross was volleyed into his own net by Toffees defender Keane under pressure from Kane.
In the 17th minute, Son made it 2-0 with a drilled finish from Dejan Kulusevski’s ball.
In his previous 12 Premier League games, Son has been involved in 11 goals (seven goals and four assists).
After being put through by Matt Doherty, Son’s shot was stopped by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was celebrating his 28th birthday and 200th appearance in the Premier League, with Kane sending the rebound wide.
After Cristian Romero attempted to cut Richarlison off at the knee, the Three Lions captain made no mistake when he tucked home the third goal in the 37th minute following another wonderful ball by Doherty, who is thriving under Conte after a rocky start at Spurs.
Everton’s frustrations reached boiling point at halftime, when midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was dragged away from confronting Hojbjerg.
During the halftime break, Conte substituted Reguilson for Sessegnon, and the Spaniard made it 4-0 with his first touch, slamming home Kulusevski’s cross 43 seconds after the restart.
Kane scored the fifth goal with a superb volley from Doherty’s cross in the 55th minute.
Everton’s best effort was a shot across the face of goal by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
And there was a magnificent moment when the entire stadium rose to applaud Everton’s Ukrainian substitute Vitalli Mykolenko’s substitution for Calvert-Lewin.
For the last 21 minutes or so, Dele’s presence had little impact.
It was his first Premier League appearance since December 19, when he began for Spurs in a 2-2 tie with Liverpool.
Conte had stated during his pre-match press conference that he was not concerned about the fallen star coming back to bother him since the players he gets rid of “typically go down, not up.”
Dele will be hoping it isn’t a Championship game.