When the season started and every team were rallying to get as many points as possible in the first few weeks of the season, Tottenham were among the teams that came out of the blocks quickest and won their first three matches. Most notable amongst those wins was the victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
The North London side were able to hold their own in front of an out of sorts Manchester United and this early form helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side to navigate the first three games well.
When defeat finally arrived, in week four against an in-form Watford, Pochettino claimed he was happy it happened early enough so that he can remedy the situation.
Spurs quality in their first choice XI can arguably rival any of the top six sides in the Premier League. The presence of Harry Kane or Cristian Erikssen is enough to be a huge threat to any opposition, and with the presence of Hugo Lloris in goal behind a reliable defence certainly instills confidence throughout the whole squad.
The injuries suffered by Lloris and Alli affected their performance against Liverpool and will continue to affect them while the pair remain out. Their replacements in the team are not bad but they can’t give big enough performances in the bigger games.
Harry Winks came in for Dele Alli and he was not a patch on Alli, and Michel Vorm was caught napping in goal. Spurs have to surely admit that not signing anyone in the summer will come back to haunt them as they dream of their first league title for nearly 60 years.
If the race for the top four is still a priority for Spurs then they have to find a way to ensure they keep the gap between them and their counterparts at a minimum before the January transfer window opens and they can bring in quality personnel to join them at their yet-to-be-finished new stadium.