Five things Tottenham Hotspur learned from their defeat against Leeds

An early FA cup exit marked out several problems that Spurs will need to address if they are to be competitive in the race for Champions League football, and some of those issues can only be addressed before the 1st February.

Here's what Tottenham can take from their cup exit...

Buy a striker

All January the assumption has been that Spurs would enter the transfer market to bolster their attacking options, but so far only Ezekiel Fryers has arrived at White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor is away on international duty, and Jermain Defoe is injured, and both are out of form anyway. Spurs don't need a world class player; they just need a good striker who can share responsibilities with Defoe and Adebayor. If this can't be sorted before Thursday, it's difficult to see them enjoying a successful second half of the season.

Brad Friedel

This is going to seem a little harsh, but if Spurs want to compete in the Europa League this season it would be best if they stopped rotating keepers and left Lloris between the sticks. Having watched the Frenchman cement a place in the side with a string of impressive league displays, the difference when Friedel returned was plain for all to see. The defence was clearly unsettled by the change in personnel behind them, with Friedel's stay at home style greatly differing from Lloris's propensity to come off his line to clear the ball.

Kyle Naughton

As Benoit Assou-Ekotto pointed out last week, Naughton is not a natural left back, so it was interesting to see him lining up on the right flanks as Kyle Walker was rested on Sunday. However Naughton turned in a poor performance, and with Adam Smith performing so well at Millwall, Spurs might be wondering if they sent the right player out on loan this season.

Central midfield

The loss of a player like Sandro would hurt any team, and Spurs are lucky to have Scott Parker to come in for the Brazilian for the rest of the season. However Sunday showed again that they don't have sufficient back up for Parker and Dembele, who are both unlikely to be able to play the rest of Spurs' games this season. Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore aren't terrible players, but they are not able to control a game like Dembele in particular can, Spurs could risk not signing more back up in their midfield, but if Dembele picks up another injury, they have shown that they don't have the resources to replace him.

Lewis Holtby

The German's arrival seems more or less assured, with Spurs and Schalke close to finalising a fee that will see Holtby's move to White Hart Lane brought forward from the summer. The creativity that Holtby can add will be a welcome boost, with Spurs sometimes short on ideas through the middle when Bale and Lennon are neutralised on the flanks.

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