Five things we learned about Tottenham from West Brom draw

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Tottenham again struggled to break down a defence despite enjoying the majority of possession, with the manager-less Baggies claiming a share of the spoils

Tottenham slipped further behind the Champions League places after failing to beat West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane.

Spurs had plenty of the ball in their own half and the middle of the park, but struggled to find players in shooting positions, and particularly failed to gain possession on the edge of and inside the box.

Christian Eriksson scored a great free-kick, but there seem to be other concerns for manager Tim Sherwood to mull over, five of which we look at below:

Just picking four attacking midfielders and two strikers doesn't make a fluid attacking system

Sherwood has promised to bring attacking football back to Tottenham. He has said he knows the club back to front and bleeds blue and white. Well if that's true, he would know that the Tottenham's attacking history doesn't just come from picking six attacking players and hoping something attacking happens - it's built on skilful, considered attacking play. Against the Baggies, Spurs looked more like Ardiles' management style than his playing style (two very different things), and there was little evidence of the team or its players playing to their strengths.

Lewis Holtby and Christian Eriksen don't look like a central midfield partnership

At least not without another sitting midfielder who is happy to do some of the dirty work. Tackling back and breaking up play are not strengths of either player, and the reality of employing them in a midfield two is that they will get pulled to positions where they will be less effective. Though the two are different, and could play together alongside Sandro or Capoue, it defeats the object of having them both in the Tottenham team (to offer something offensively) if they're both deep, trying to break up play, something other players can do better. Surprisingly, the most naturally box-to-box of the two, Holtby, actually faired worse than Eriksen. 

The back four look vulnerable to any one with the slightest pace

Considering Spurs possess two of the quickest full backs in the league in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, they continue to really struggle with through balls to attackers with pace. It's partly due to the lack of pace of Dawson, the one consistent defender throughout the season, but also very much to do with the continued high line employed. If the defence merely sat deeper it would give the midfield more room to play and less space for the opposition to try and break the offside trap. 

The home struggles are a real cause for concern

Earlier on in the season, former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas took a pop at the support at White Hart Lane, claiming that it can become a difficult crowd to satisfy, and saying that it is something the players are conscious of. Well, it's little coincidence that since making that point Tottenham have failed to win a domestic game at home. Things haven't improved under Sherwood, and Tottenham continue to look a better counter attacking team than a dominant home one.

Adebayor needs to learn how to stay onside, or adjust his play

You have to feel a little for Emmanuel Adebayor. He has to be massively short of match fitness, but all of a sudden is brought in and deemed Tottenham's saviour. The big Togolese striker looked sluggish and off the pace against the Baggies, and was caught offside three times as he struggled to hold his runs. Adebayor is a decent enough footballer to drop deep and link play rather than struggle to try and break the opposition's line. The beauty of playing with two forwards is that you can alternate roles between the two, but it was often Soldado who was feeding the ex-Arsenal man.

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