Stats: Below average! Spurs act like a mid-table team in 11 key areas

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Tottenham Hotspur have aspirations of breaking into the Premier League top four but there are still areas where they perform like a sub mid-table team.

Tottenham Hotspur are beginning to reap the benefits of the accumulation of good form as, since their 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, the Spurs earned a point against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and edged a victory over Southampton, on Sunday.

Tottenham's results have seen the club rise above North London rivals Arsenal in the table and settle in at sixth place on 11 points - within touching distance of the top four.

However, there are still 11 areas where Spurs perform like a mid-table team as they struggle with the ball, are not penetrative enough when it comes to the pass and are guilty of committing defensive errors.

  Unsuccessful touch / gamePoss lost / gameBall recovery / gameDispossessed / gameGames
Tottenham 10.71 145.43 54.86 14.57 7
Division average 10.18 138.32 59.2 11.09 7

Tottenham Hotspur commit more unsuccessful touches on a per game basis than the division average. They also lose possession more frequently than the majority of the division, do not recover the ball enough and are dispossessed of the ball far too often.

The international break may come at an opportune moment for Lilywhite manager Mauricio Pochettino as it gives the head coach time to make the necessary adjustments in order to optimise team performance.

But together with questionable possessional ability, the club also fall behind the rest of the league when it comes to forward passes, the amount of times they penetrate the final third - or attacking region of the pitch - and frequency of key pass supply (or creation of goal-scoring opportunity)

  Total pass / game% of Fwd passFinal third entries / gameKey pass / gameGames
Tottenham 495.86 33% 59.29 8.71 7
Division average 458.75 36% 62.39 9.59 7

It may seem anomolous to suggest considering Tottenham's seven goal concessions is analogous to Chelsea and Manchester City's defences and only bettered by Southampton, but there are still ways in which Spurs can enhance their stringency at the back.

For instance, when it comes to dueling - both on the floor and aerially - they are woefully behind the division average, while Tottenham may also be slow to react to clearing opportunities that are presented to them on the field. To really limit the amount of times an opponent can shoot (and subsequently, potentially score), Spurs must also limit the amount of human errors they make at the back - over one for every two games is one too many.

  Duel won / gameHeader won / gameClearance / gameError led to shot / gameGames
Tottenham 53.43 11.29 25.57 0.57 7
Division average 55.22 16.59 29.36 0.4 7

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