An in-depth look at Tottenham's September - How do they grade?

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We take an in-depth look at Tottenham Hotspur's September so far.

We take an in-depth look at what has been a disappointing September for Tottenham Hotspur

The story of September

Tottenham Hotspur's September will not go down as a month to remember for supporters of the club. 

Spurs picked up just a solitary win in the month, against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, which has punctured much of the positivity built up from Mauricio Pochettino's arrival.

After guiding Spurs to two wins in the their first two games confidence was high around White Hart Lane, but a series of disappointing performances have dented that now. 

Draws with Sunderland and Partizan Belgrade were frustrating, whilst a defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion was a major blow.

The month ended in better circumstances, though, with a credible 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates. 


Nacer Chadli. The attacking midfielder is the player who seems to have benefited the most from the arrival of Pochettino. After struggling to make an impression during his first season in England, many touted Chadli as someone who could have left White Hart Lane this summer, but four goals in six games have led to him forcing his way firmly back into contention. The former FC Twente man is Spurs' top scorer this season and has actually compensated for a lack of goals up-front.

Potential turnaround. Spurs have often crumbled under pressure at the Emirates, but they stood firm in their final game this month and that should breed optimism. The squad showed a lot of fight in adversity and they now need to build on this.

Ryan Mason. At 23-years-old, Mason has turned into a late bloomer, but it looks like he might be starting to fulfil his potential. A product of the academy, he came on to make his Spurs debut against Nottingham Forest - turning the game in his side's favour - and then put in an excellent display against Arsenal. He looks a promising prospect. 


Lack of goals. It's not a new problem for Spurs, but it remains one which threatens to plague their season and it was particularly evident this month. None of their three forwards - Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane or Roberto Soldado - look capable of hitting the back of the net and until this is solved they won't push up the league. The side dominated against Sunderland and created enough chances against WBA and Partizan to win, but their lack of a ruthless front-man stopped them. 

Christian Eriksen. Despite a goal against Sunderland, the Dane hasn't hit the form that he showed towards the back end of last season. There is a feeling that Pochettino has failed to get the best out of Eriksen so far during his tenure and the Argentine will need to address this soon. On his day the former Ajax man is Spurs' best player and they will need him on top form if they are to climb the table.

Overall: D. This month has been a set-back for Spurs as they look to make it into the top four. It feels as if Pochettino is still fighting against the deficiencies in the squad, but there is hope that the draw against Arsenal can turn things around. 

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