Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had to face his former employers on Sunday, with Southampton travelling to White Hart Lane just four months after his defection from St. Mary's Stadium to North London. The Saints have been doing just fine without the Argentine, winning their last four games under new manager Ronald Koeman before this weekend's clash, but it was Pochettino who came out on top.
A first half strike from Christian Eriksen gave Spurs the lead, and whilst Southampton had chances in the second period, Tottenham held on for a win which took them up to sixth place in the Premier League table as Pochettino makes a solid start to life at White Hart Lane.
Yet whilst the contribution of goals from midfield from Eriksen is valuable, Pochettino has to be disappointed with the performances of Emmanuel Adebayor so far this season. The Togolese striker has scored just one for Spurs this campaign, and his display against Southampton is another cause for concern.
In 90 minutes on the pitch, Adebayor couldn't even muster one shot on goal, and also touched the ball just 45 times - only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Jan Vertonghen had fewer touches from the players that played all 90 minutes. The touches isn't particularly concerning if a striker is poaching or holding the ball up, but Adebayor didn't have one attempt on goal - and that stat shows how poor Adebayor has been this season.
The lack of real goalscoring threat from their top striker is a real concern for Spurs, and rumours are already linking Pochettino with January moves for strikers, with Porto's Jackson Martinez and Valencia's Paco Alcacer the most strongly suggested - and based on the former of not only Adebayor but also Roberto Soldado this season, Pochettino must find a goalscorer if they are to break back into the top four.