Everton put down a bit of a marker for their season on Sunday afternoon as they earned a rare away victory at a ‘big six’ team by beating Tottenham in the Premier League.
Whether you particularly believe in the ‘big six’ label anymore is perhaps another debate given last season’s standings but, even so, it is a problem area that the Toffees have seen preventing them from getting up the table.
Yesterday, though, was a good, controlled performance and hopes will grow that European football can be attained this season.
Several names caught the eye, then, and it was perhaps Allan who, despite doing an understated job in midfield, deserves the most praise.
We take a look at his numbers via whoscored.
He made the second-most tackles of the whole Everton side with four in front of the defence, breaking up Spurs play despite his diminutive stature.
He was also joint second-highest in the team for interceptions with two, whilst he made the most clearances of any player in blue barring their defenders, who naturally have more of that to do.
On the ball he was neat with his passing and, perhaps most promisingly, he won three fouls – only bettered by Richarlison – as he got the ball off of the defence and turned up the pitch.
It was a good display from a player that perhaps hasn’t had the fanfare since joining as a James Rodriguez has had but, even so, he is the sort of player that could provide the bedrock on which the Toffees build a successful season.