On this devastating form, with this kind of belief and power and with Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur are in the Premier League title race.
They brushed aside Everton, dismissed them, overwhelmed them after falling behind and are now just two points behind Manchester City, and six behind leaders Liverpool. At times, when they attacked it was almost frightening for their opponents.
This was a bad day for Everton and for Jordan Pickford who was at fault for two of Spurs’ first-half goals and was guilty of an ugly lunge on Dele Alli. The Spurs player did not come out for the second-half, which was a concern, while the Everton goalkeeper was maybe fortunate not to be dismissed.
The result means Everton stay in 11th place on a run of just one win in seven games and manager Marco Silva needs to turn this around.
They will feel aggrieved that an effort by Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who headed home they were leading – was ruled out for an apparent push on Davinson Sanchez. It looked like a harsh decision but Everton cannot argue about the emphatic result.
They went in front, though, as they unpicked Spurs down their right flank with the ball going over Harry Winks head for Gylfi Sigurdsson to chest down and slide a pass through to Calvert-Lewin. It caught out Kieran Trippier with Calvert-Lewin running on and cutting the ball back for
Theo Walcott to steal away from Ben Davies and fire low past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Spurs’ response was remarkable although they were aided by Pickford who made a poor, reckless decision in rushing from goal as Heung-Min Son chased down a hooked pass forward by Kane. Pickford hurtled into defender Kurt Zouma with the ball rebounding off Son. Still he had much to do, he was wide, it was a tight angle, but the forward wrapped his right-foot around the ball and it flew across goal and high into the net. Wow.
There was more. Spurs charged forward again with Moussa Sissoko exchanging passes with Alli before sending an astute ball wide to Son whose powerful shot was beaten out by Pickford – only for the onrushing Alli to run onto the rebound and sent it beyond the goalkeeper.
It also meant that Kane had scored eight goals – two in each game – in his last four appearances against Everton who have now not beaten one of the ‘Big Six’ in their last 23 attempts.
The stadium had began to empty long before the end. Maybe those Everton fans had headed off to do some shopping. Silva may want some purchases of his own once the January window opens. Those fans did not hear the final chant from the Spurs end. “He’s Tottenham, you know, Mauricio Pochettino,” they sang. Long may that last, they will hope.