Everton 1, Tottenham 1
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the need for signings in the January transfer window after seeing his high-flying side held at Everton on Sunday.
Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon half-volleyed the hosts into the lead against the run of play but England midfielder Dele Alli equalised just before the break with a fine chest and first-time finish.
Pochettino’s men also hit the woodwork through striker Harry Kane and full-back Ben Davies but, despite failing to make spells of dominance pay, the manager poured cold water on transfer talk.
“I think we have a very strong squad, but always in football you can improve, but we are happy,” he said. “The first half of the season was fantastic, we are fourth in the table. If you find the right player or the right profile and this player can improve us, why not? But we are very happy.”
Kane, whose lack of a reliable deputy has seen Spurs linked with signing a striker, hit the post with a powerful low drive before Lennon gathered Romelu Lukaku’s knock-down and dipped a shot beyond Hugo Lloris.
Davies lashed the bar with a rising drive as the visitors pressed and Alli underlined his quality by taking Toby Alderweireld’s long ball down and volleying low past Tim Howard in one motion.
Yet Everton finished the stronger and Lloris saved Spurs a point when he tipped over substitute Muhamed Besic’s dipping strike.