Here we are the then and the opening day of the season is finally upon us and this afternoon sees Everton play host to Tottenham in the first game of Ronald Koeman’s Goodison Park reign. For Everton they will look to start brightly after a disappointing campaign last time around while Tottenham will look to bounce back after their end of season collapse which culminated in a 5-1 defeat away to Newcastle on the final day.
Everton go into this game with injury doubts to star striker Romelu Lukaku and defender Seamus Coleman, while Tottenham are without two Belgians of their own as Jan Vertonghen misses out due to the injury he sustained during Euro 2016 while Mousa Dembele is suspended due to his part in The Battle Of Stamford Bridge.
For Tottenham they will have a lot to prove especially their English quintet which represented the national side in France over the Summer the embarrassing exit to Iceland would have only added to the disappointment of not only missing out on the Premier League title but also once again being pipped by their arch rivals Arsenal in regards to their league placing.
Tottenham have done the better transfer business of the two sides as they have added Victor Wanayama to their midfield ranks and they have also finally bought in a backup forward for Harry Kane in the shape of Vincent Janssen. The Dutch international won’t just want to play a bit part role in this Tottenham side and there would be no better way to introduce himself then by bagging a debut goal on the opening day.
Ronald Koeman has been promised a large amount of transfer funds but hasn’t spent them as quick as Everton fans would have liked, he still is in the running for Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie but that deal hasn’t been completed in time for him to face Tottenham today.
Koeman will no doubt be sweating on the fitness of Lukaku, we could very well see the scenario where if he fails to be fit for Today’s encounter and then moves to Chelsea then he would have already played his final minutes in an Everton shirt.
The opening day always has an element of a feeling out process as sides adapt to new systems and new faces and it’s hard to say which way this one will go. These two sides shared a 1-1 draw last season and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same this time around. A lot will depend on whether Lukaku starts but I think Tottenham will have to make do with just a share of the points