Five conclusions from yet another poor Spurs performance at White Hart Lane...
Here's a statistic that Tottenham fans will not want to see:
Now what is all that about - really? The 28-year-old has been poor for months, with an exceptional showing against Arsenal proving an absolute anomaly. Boss Mauricio Pochettino should show some front and drop him. The fact that he is his side's captain should not be used as a get out of jail free key but something the manager can use against Kaboul if he continues to play this badly.
And another flailing Tottenham Hotspur defender also deserves the axe in Danny Rose. The left-back provided the cross for Nacer Chadli's goal against Stoke yesterday but was once again found wanting at the back.
The particular issue here is that the north London side spent millions of pounds on a new full-back this summer: Ben Davies. Why he isn't in the starting XI ahead of Rose seems another one of the Premier League's great unanswered questions. It's about time that changed.
Yet again, though, Chadli completely showed his team-mates up in north London, producing another solid performance and also scoring once more.
There have been suggestions from fans on Twitter that Tottenham's players simply aren't playing for the shirt and Chadli is consistently demonstrating how his fellow squad members should be acting on a football pitch. His energy levels, determination and overall quality have rarely been found wanting this season.
The picture below sums the Belgian's attitude and passion up. Imagine how he would have celebrated had his goal proven a late winner?
Townsend isn't cut out for the top
Unlike Chadli, Andros Townsend does not look cut out for the top level. How often has the 23-year-old produced what seemed like a superb performance against a side like Asteras Tripolis or San Marino in the past before going on to do absolutely nothing in a Premier League game?
Townsend may be young - but he's not that young. And there seem to be no more excuses for his inconsistent showings. The following comment, meanwhile, sums him up perfectly:
Soldado & Kane?
After the dismal recent showings of Emmanuel Adebayor, many Spurs fans would have been disappointed to see that starting Harry Kane proved no magic solution to their striker problems.
But the 21-year-old should be given time in the Premier League and his energetic display yesterday was certainly worth ten times an indifferent Adebayor showing.
Something Pochettino did not try against Stoke was a Roberto Soldado/Kane partnership. He has done so before in the Europa League and it worked. The step up in class for the domestic game is huge but Soldado has proven he can be highly effective during build-up play - which is exactly the type of player Kane needs alongside him to maximise his on-field potential.