Could this summer decision cost Spurs a European place?

Mauricio Pochettino's failure to sign a striker for Tottenham Hotspur over the summer is set to prove very costly.

Mauricio Pochettino's summer spending may end up costing Tottenham Hotspur a place in upper echelons of the Premier League

Spurs were desperate to avoid a repeat of their transfer window in 2013, but it looks as if a full-scale overhaul was exactly what was needed at White Hart Lane.

The club have too many players who are struggling to adapt to English football or seem a shadow of their former selves. 

The likes of Paulinho's and Roberto Soldado's struggles have continued to plague them despite the addition of a new manager, whilst Aaron Lennon's continued decline is becoming far too obvious. 

This, of course, is just a sample of the problems that Spurs are facing at the moment, but it could have all been eradicated by a more intelligent spend in the summer.

Although there is a basis of a good team at the North-London side there is not one player who stands out as a match-winner or a goalscorer.

Christian Eriksen took on that mantle to some extent last year, as the Lilywhites slumped to sixth in the table, but he has started the campaign in poor form and he has not been backed-up by any of his teammates.

Whilst Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela have shown some signs of improvement, neither have managed to fully convince and the most obvious problem is their lack of a striker.

Pochettino should have prioritised bringing in a potent front-man over the summer, but he decided to bring in six defensive recruits instead and now looks set to pay for his misjudgement.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been first-choice up-front for the season so far, but he looks off the pace and is famed for his inconstancies. 

Elsewhere in the squad Harry Kane simply isn't good enough to lead the line for a side chasing the top four, even if that appears a harsh judgement given his tender years, and Soldado's struggles have already been mentioned. 

There were strikers on the market this window, with Wilfried Bony, Christian Benteke and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang just three presentable options the side should have chased.

Instead, Pochettino decided to keep the faith in his current attacking line-up to have enough quality in it to elevate the side to greater heights, but the same problems are occurring for Spurs. 

The Argentine is clearly a talented manager, but the players he has at his disposal are not good enough to meet expectations and, unfortunately, his chance to rectify the situations appears to have gone now. 

As a result his appointment may be a good one in the long-term, but Spurs fans should be prepared to face another season of torment, which will be plagued by the same deficiencies as last year. 

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