How Everton’s African stars suffered against Bissouma’s Tottenham Hotspur
Everton fell to Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in North London, despite strong performances from Alex Iwobi and Idrissa Gueye.
Iwobi and Gueye get the ball.
Bissouma appeared briefly.
Lampard’s Toffees suffer a setback.
WHAT OCCURRED? Frank Lampard’s men lost their second game in a row after conceding two second-half goals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. After a scoreless first half, the hosts took the lead a minute before the hour mark when Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot.
Four minutes before the end of the game, Pierre Hojbjerg converted Rodrigo Bentancur’s assist. The Toffees were represented by Iwobi and Gueye, but they were unable to prevent the Goodison Park giants from losing.
HOW DID IWOBI TURN UP? Undoubtedly Everton’s best player in the ongoing campaign, the Nigeria international played from start to finish but he would rue Hojbjerg’s deflection off him for Spurs’ second goal. Iwobi put up an average shift as stats showed he accounted for zero shots, one cross, and one dribble, with 32 passes, 26 passes and a passing accuracy of 92.3 percent. His defensive duties saw him make one tackle with a foul committed.
WHAT WAS GUEYE’S CONTRIBUTION? Starting against Conte’s men, the Senegal international played for 81 minutes before he was subbed off for Salomon Rondon. He put up a good defensive showing with two interceptions and two clearances and zero blocked shots. Unlike Iwobi, he committed two fouls and was cautioned by referee Paul Tierney in the 24th minute. On the attacking side of life, he contributed 36 passes and an impressive 94.4 passing accuracy to his credit.
DID BISSOUMA FARE BETTER? The Mali international was introduced for Richarlison in the 52nd minute. To show for 38 minutes of playing, he accounted for two key passes, 28 passes and a passing accuracy of 100%.
WHAT ELSE? Abdoulaye Doucoure was an unused substitute despite returning to the Everton squad after attending to family issues.
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DID YOU KNOW? Everton have won just two of their 14 away Premier League games under Frank Lampard (D3 L9), with two defeats at Tottenham (also 5-0 in March).
WHAT NEXT FOR THE AFRICANS? Iwobi and Gueye are expected to feature when Everton visit Newcastle United in their next league encounter.
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