After an encouraging start under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur's season is beginning to threaten to head the same way as their last one and peter out into disappointment.
Although it is still early stages in the campaign, the same problems that were plaguing the team during the previous season are evident and the Argentine doesn't seem to have had the impact many had desired.
Victories against West Ham United and QPR in the opening two games of the Premier League campaign had raised expectations, but Spurs are win-less since and their form is concerning not just from a results perspective, but from a statistical one, too.
Andre Villas-Boas was in charge this time last year at Spurs and appeared to lose control of the squad after a dip in form, caused by the departure of Gareth Bale, but the performances of Tottenham over the opening five games last year were actually more impressive.
Although there is evidence of Pochettino's progressive approach already been instilled into the Spurs team - given their increased amount of possession, interceptions and passes - their play has left questions being asked about the productivity of this philosophy currently.
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Spurs' defence has been considerably more porous than last year's version, while they have also not been anywhere near as threatening on goal.
The most notable difference between the two is the shot column, and this is surely a worry for Spurs fans that highlights their problems up-front.
The Lilywhites lack a potent striker and Pochettino's failure to make any attacking additions over the summer is threatening to dismantle their season.
Although there is plenty of creativity in Spurs' attacking quarter, there is a lack of a ruthless edge and, as a result, their offensive unit looks rather blunt.
Their new manager does demand a patient approach, but Spurs' failure to test the opposition goalkeeper with any regularity is a cause for concern - especially given four of their seven goals game in the same match, when they tore apart QPR.
Pochettino is likely to be a good appointment in the long-term at White Hart Lane, but there have been few improvements made under his tutelage so far and a major improvement from everyone at the North-London club is required if they are to be able to show any signs of progression from last season.