Tottenham: The stat which should REALLY worry AVB

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Tottenham Hotspur's goal shy players have a chance to improve their goalscoring against Fulham on Wednesday night.

Tottenham have come through their two games against the Manchester clubs, badly embarrassed in the first instance and saving their dignity on Sunday.

Wednesday night presents a very different proposition, in Fulham who sit in 18th place and appear locked in a relegation battle, having sacked ex-Spurs boss Martin Jol at the weekend.

The two sides share one thing in common - after 13 Premier League games both have scored just 11 goals.

It is a stat to worry both teams, but one perhaps you would expect in a struggling side. For Tottenham, a side which added, as well as lost, £100 million plus of attacking talent this summer - you certainly expect far better.

So the 11 goals is certainly a problem, but here is the statistic which should really cause manager Andre Villas-Boas to worry:

Tottenham have had more shots on goal this season than any other team in the Premier League.

They have accrued an average of 17.6 shots per game, more than top scorers Manchester City's 17.5 - except City have been lethal, bagging 37 goals compared to Tottenham's 11.

When your team is having the highest number of shots on goal - 229 in total - but scoring the third lowest number in the league, something is clearly not right.

It is of course positive the team is creating chances and having a go, but work has to be done. Their problems were crystalised in the loss against Newcastle last month, where they had 31 shots on goal and lost 1-0.

Chief culprit is Andros Townsend, with an average of 4.1 shots per game, 45 efforts in total, and just one goal.

If Andre Villas-Boas wants to get Tottenham winning again, target practice in training will be a great place to start.

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