The White Hart Lane have had a solid start to the new campaign, but have uncharacteristically found goals hard to come by domestically.
Tottenham travel to take on Aston Villa today and all the sound bites from White Hart Lane in the build-up are of a club that wants to make amends.
The difference? The Hammers took their chances when they came, while Andre Villas-Boas’ men failed to capitalise on early dominance and fluffed a number of opportunities to take the lead.
Before the game at Villa, Spurs have only scored six goals in their seven Premier League games; a tally similar to teams struggling in the lower reaches of the table.
One thing that has become synonymous with Spurs’ rise to top-four contention over the last number of years is the attacking threat that the north London team poses, but this has seemingly been nullified of late.
Yes, last season’s top scorer and now world record transfer holder Gareth Bale has departed, and new foreign faces are getting to grips with their new environment.
However, Villas-Boas has something to address in his side’s attacking make-up; long shots.
Looking at the figures, Tottenham have the players that have had the most individual shots on goal without scoring, and the most individual shots at goal without getting one on target.
Andros Townsend has played in six of Spurs’ seven games this term so far, and has taken a staggering 26 shots without hitting the back of the net – more than a lot of strikers in the division who have scored a couple of goals.
Nacer Chadli has attempted nine shots on goal this term without making an opposition goalkeeper have to make a save, more than anyone in the division
The truth is that Spurs have looked short of ideas on occasion and reverted to shooting from distance. It is not a fault of Townsend or Chadli per se, although both do have overbearing tendencies to shoot, but the team as a whole should be looking to create chances for strikers rather than shoot from range.
Perhaps one of the reasons that Roberto Soldado has failed to fit into life in England and with Spurs is the fact that he has not been supplied with adequate chances to get morale-boosting goals.
The Spaniard was brought to the club at great expense and has a great record of hitting the net consistently, but he can’t do it without supply.
Against Villa, Tottenham may well have chances to break on the counter-attack and if this is the case, the likes of Townsend et al should be looking to create for the striker rather than shoot from range.
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