Much of the initial optimism around Mauricio Pochettino's appointment as Tottenham Hotspur boss has already drained out of the club.
The Argentine's arrival at White Hart Lane boosted anticipation for the new campaign, but he has been unable to eradicate the problems which were already existing in the Spurs squad so far.
Already the side have lost three times in front of their own fans, and their deficiencies both defensively and in attack have been exposed.
The side have proven to be well off having what it takes to qualify for the top four - having suffered heavy defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City - but it is arguably the losses to West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United which have been the most alarming.
Also worrying, is the fact that the side seem to have regressed in a number of areas under their new manager.
When compared with the statistics which Tim Sherwood was achieving when in-charge of Spurs, Pochettino's side have not been able to match them in a number of areas.
|Season||Goals scored per game||Goals conceded per game||Passing Accuracy||Passes per game||Tackles per game||Shots per game||Shots against per game||Big chance created per game||Appearances|
Although the Lilywhites are making more passes and tackles per game under Pochettino, they are struggling in both attacking and defensive scenarios.
So far they are scoring a considerable amount less than they were under Sherwood, whilst they are also conceding more, too.
The signs are this will continue unless a drastic up-turn in performance levels are shown. At the moment Spurs are having fewer attempts on goal than they were last season, whilst they are proving to be easier to create chances against.
They are also forging considerably fewer good opportunities for their strikers to convert and to be worse in both attack and defence than they were last campaign is a worry.
Last year was far from a memorable one for Spurs so falling beneath these standards is concerning, especially as a quarter of the season has already passed.
It is true that Pochettino needs time and he shouldn't be put under too much pressure already, but there is much for him to amend in North-London.
The attacking problems were known about before this year, but the hope was that his six defensive signings would tighten up the team in that area.
They have not have the desired impact so far, though, and it seems that another season of frustration could be on the cards for Spurs, unless a sudden improvement takes place.