Everton's Phil Jagielka and John Stones look dejected
There appears to be a large amount of transfer activity at Goodison Park this week, particularly in the defensive department.
And as the Premier League looms on the horizon, it could be a big opportunity for Tottenham as they head to Merseyside for Saturday's opener.
Everton have already sold star defender John Stones to Manchester City, and though this has left them flush with cash and willing to spend - moves for Swansea City captain Ashley Williams and Sunderland's Lamine Kone are very much underway according to the Mail - it means Ronald Koeman could end up fielding a central defensive partnership with only a couple of days training together.
Swansea's Ashley Williams
Everton captain Phil Jagielka has also been mentioned as a possible exchange options in reports of Kone's move from the Black Cats, meaning Koeman could have just one senior centre back from last season at the club - Argentine Ramiro Funes Mori.
This may not be great news for the Toffees, who struggled defensively last season with regards to their goals against record. With the game against Spurs, one of last season's top scorers in the division, coming in just a matter of days, uncertainty in the centre of defence could lead to Ronald Koeman's Everton career getting off to a disappointing start. That position in the team is notoriously an area that needs work on the training ground to develop, especially in regards to communication.
Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman
Against Spurs, Everton will be coming up against one of the most settled sides in the Premier League, with all attacking roles firmly allocated to the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
This Tottenham side, having just blown away Inter Milan 6-1 in Oslo last Friday, will be looking to jump on any uncertainty in a Toffees defence who have had precious little time to get to know each other.
Dele Alli celebrates with Harry Kane after scoring the first goal for Tottenham