A second-half header goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired Everton to a well-deserved 1-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday in Premier League action. The Toffees, with new star signing James Rodriguez starting, were the better team for much of the 90 minutes, outshooting the hosts 15-9 and looking like more of a threat.
The winning goal came in the 55th minute, giving Tottenham time to respond, but a second goal for Everton felt more likely than a Tottenham equalizer as Jose Mourinho's men lacked conviction in the final third.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
Calvert-Lewin turning into big-time player
If the England national team wants somebody to backup Harry Kane, look no further than the 23-year-old Everton man. After 15 goals last season, he's off to a fantastic start this season with his winner in the 55th minute. He rose to a header off a fantastic set-piece cross from Lucas Digne and put it past Hugo Lloris with pace. Take a look:
His 13 league goals last season will be surpassed if he keeps this up, and having James Rodriguez and Richarlison only helps. Those two will command more attention from opposing defenses, and that should result in Calvert-Lewin getting plenty of opportunities to go one on one and finish. So far, so good.
High expectations for Toffees
All of a sudden, expectations rise for an Everton side off to a perfect start. Where their defense let them down in the past, they didn't on Sunday. Now with West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton next, this team has a real chance to set the tone and set themselves up for a run at European qualification. It's still early, but the signs are promising. When James really settles into this side, watch out. He looked lively in his debut, played a great ball to Richarlison in the second half that should have ended in a goal, and the ceiling is high. He played on the right wing and did well, but don't be shocked if he drops more into a No. 10 role before long.
Mourinho's men need short memory
Quite the underwhelming debut for Spurs. In Mourinho's first ever Matchday 1 loss at any club's he's been at, the team wasn't sharp, didn't play the ball well into space and was just sloppy. Rust was expected for most teams, but more so on defense. The attack just didn't click, it had trouble with Everton's defensive positioning in the middle and now has to reset after what for them is a shock result.
Tottenham 0, Everton 1 (FT)
⚽ Everton: Calvert-Lewin (55')