Tottenham Hotspur's lack of quality was summed up by the substitutes which Mauricio Pochettino had to bring on against Hull City.
Tottenham Hotspur's dearth of options against Hull City highlighted just how tough a job Mauricio Pochettino faces if he wants to guide the side into the top four.
Spurs managed to pick up the victory against the Tigers, but they were thankful for Gaston Ramirez's lack of discipline.
It is the second time in their last two away games that Spurs have benefited from the opposition going down to ten men, after they came from behind to beat Aston Villa when Christian Benteke was banished from the pitch.
Spurs would have been unlikely to have won either match if it wasn't for their numerical advantage and it is hard to see how Pochettino is expected to change the direction a game is going in by using his own options.
There have been many questions asked of the quality of Spurs's starting line-up, but their substitutes' bench is arguably a bigger concern.
Considering the vast number of players who have been signed in recent times by the Lilywhites it is proof of just how poor their transfer activity has been.
Spurs have spent a considerable amount of money on new players since the sale of Gareth Bale, but have failed to find much quality in the additions that they have made.
Pochettino's lack of fallback solutions highlights the deficiencies in the squad and it seems that only another big spend in January can get them back on track, as they target a Champions League qualification spot.