Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has moved to criticise the club's summer signings as their season comes to a disappointing end.
Spurs were forced into the £86m sale of star man Gareth Bale last summer as the Welshman switched North London for the Spanish capital with Real Madrid. The former Southampton man had virtually carried Spurs' hopes for almost two seasons, so his departure was a huge blow to the club - meaning they had to spend heavily to fill the void.
They embarked on a £100m spending spree, bringing in Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, central midfielders Etienne Capoue and Paulinho, wingers Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, playmaker Christian Eriksen and striker Roberto Soldado, and those signings had Spurs fans hoping for a top four finish - or even a title challenge.
But as we all know, the season has been a huge disappointment at White Hart Lane, as Andre Villas-Boas lost his job in December and was replaced by Tim Sherwood, and things have stayed the same throughout the campaign, with the club poised for a sixth placed finish.
This has prompted many fans to believe that some of those new signings should be sold in the summer, and chairman Levy has moved to suggested that they needed to be given more time to acclimatise to the Premier League - but regardless of that, the standard simply wasn't good enough.
"The new signings in the summer had the effect of raising expectations," said Levy, "And we all started the season with high hopes, yet the players undoubtedly needed time to adapt to a new league. We were also forced to make managerial changes, which is far from ideal mid-season."
"Our sense of falling short, felt by all, including the players, is based on some poor performances during the season and knowing we have not performed at the level we know we could have done. Even in games where we gained maximum points, our football was not always what we have come to expect and associate with our club," he added.