Everton target Spurs’ scalp next

Everton will look to continue their progress after a furious period of spending when they face a Tottenham Hotspur outfit on Saturday at Goodison Park, setting their sights once more on a Premier League title challenge.

Both sides have one win, one draw and one loss from their opening three fixtures, with the Toffees steadily adding to their ranks with Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane, Anton Donkor, Josh Bowler, Wayne Rooney, Cuco Martina, Lewis Gibson, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nikola Vlasic all joining the club.

Spurs left it late to bring in Davinson Sanchez, Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente, while on Saturday the two sides will meet after a certain level of controversy erupted when striker Wayne Rooney was arrested for drink driving. 

At the time, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said, "Obviously, I am very disappointed with the situation regarding Wayne Rooney.

"We have spoken on Tuesday and the chairman Bill Kenwright also spoke to Wayne about the situation, and in line with any disciplinary matter it will be dealt internally by the club at the appropriate time.

"He will play this Saturday. If I see that Wayne is not in a physical or mental condition to play then he won't play."

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino understands the task facing his side.

He said: "We have a lot of respect for Everton. They have a great manager and great players. They signed a lot of players during the transfer window."

In team news, Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin will return after a suspension, while Pickford and Klaassen have been cleared to play.

Koeman, on the other hand, has verified that Rooney will play a role, while Vlasic will also be involved.

New Spurs signing Aurier may play although Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are all still injured.