Lawrenson: This is Tottenham Hotspur’s area of weakness

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Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham Hotspur are lacking in attacking areas this season.

Mark Lawrenson says that he doesn't know whether Tottenham Hotspur have enough quality up front to make them a force this season.

Spurs are determined to break into the top-four of the Premier League by the end of the campaign, but Lawrenson believes that there is one area of weakness in the squad.

The BBC pundit feels that the Lilywhites are being guided by a competent manager in Mauricio Pochettino, but their apparent lack of goals up front could be a problem for them.

"Tottenham's results up to the 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool game had flattered them." he said in a preview of the weekend's fixtures on BBC Sport

"Had West Ham scored that penalty in the first game, then Spurs would have lost. I like their manager Mauricio Pochettino, but I'm not sure his team possess enough threat going forward."

Spurs have six points from their first three games, and there is a sense of positivity about the club following the appointment of Pochettino.

The Argentine has created a feeling of stability around White Hart Lane and, although Lawrenson says that their performances flattered them, fans were pleased with what they had seen up until the Liverpool defeat.

Spurs showed their battling qualities against West Ham United in the 1-0 win, before displaying fascinating football in a 4-0 demolition of Queens Park Rangers in their next fixture.

The 3-0 defeat to Brendan Rodgers's side in their last game was a reality check, though, and it is evidence of just how far Spurs still have to go if they are to fulfil their ambitions. 

Lawrenson obviously feels that the biggest problem in the squad currently is their ability to score goals and that doesn't appear unfounded. 

The inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor, the struggling Roberto Soldado and the youngster Harry Kane compete for a place up front for Tottenham, but none of them has shown he has what it takes to be a regular scorer at White Hart Lane.

As a result, it was rather a surprise that all of Pochettino's summer additions came in defensive positions. 

It was a show of faith in the players already at the club from the former Southampton manager, and the squad will now be looking to repay him for this trust. 

Spurs take on Sunderland tomorrow and if they can get a win, then nine points from Pochettino's first four games in charge will be a very encouraging start. 

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