Are Spurs are at risk of losing their identity, as they become Southampton mark II?

Tottenham Hotspur's fixation with Southampton could harm them rather than aid their success.

Tottenham Hotspur must create their own identity rather than simply trying to emulate Southampton's successful formula. 

The Saints' foresight and forward-thinking has paid dividends in recent times and they are currently in second spot in the Premier League, as a result.

It has been a wonderful run of form for the club who have won many admirers from afar, but Spurs are in danger losing their identity as they move further and further towards becoming another version of the South-Coast club. 

They say imitation is the finest form of flattery and, if that is the case, Southampton must take great pride from Spurs' apparent fixation, but the Lilywhites deserve better than becoming a mimic of another team.

Spurs have a proud history and although success hasn't been as regular as many would have hoped of late, they must come up with their own ideas at how to stop their slide.

Southampton formed their policy after ignominiously dropping down to League One and it has structured their dramatic rise, but things are not quite that bad at White Hart Lane. 

Although Spurs may be short of quality at the moment, they are not on the verge of a crisis and they are still a stable Premier League club. 

Tottenham need a few tweaks rather than a full scale overhaul to be challenging again, but they seem determined to become as close to Southampton mark II as possible, at the moment.

Their appointment of Saints' former manager Mauricio Pochettino looked a smart pick over the summer, but they are still being linked with a number of other members of the Saints' current staff.

The head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, already seems to be heading to White Hart Lane, while players Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez also remain on Pochettino's wishlist. 

There is now a danger that Spurs are trying too hard to copy another club, rather than suggesting their own vision of how to halt their slump.

The fact remains that expectations are higher at Tottenham than they are at Southampton and there is no guarantee that something which works for one team will work at another. 

'To dare is to do' remains the Lilywhites' motto and Spurs must start to be brave and formulate their own route to success, rather than hide behind Southampton's.

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