Tottenham Hotspur's season can still be a good one, despite the inconsistencies shown so far.
Tottenham Hotspur's season seems to defy categorisation so far, as it leaves supporters' emotions flickering between great optimism and despair by the game.
After beating Everton at the weekend, Spurs were lauded for their performance, which seemed to suggest that they were starting to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino's methods, by fans and pundits alike.
However, a heavy defeat to Chelsea yesterday has sent them back to square one, with their critics keen to condemn their display.
It has brought doubts back about which direction this season is heading in, but the inconsistencies in Spurs's game should have been expected.
Indeed, the team lie somewhere between where they are currently being placed. They are not Champions League contenders, but they are also not on the verge of a crisis. This is far from a vintage squad, but there are still reasons to be optimistic.
Pochettino is building a squad which is based around a core of young players and they will need time to develop.
The midfield axis of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb is a particularly inexperienced one, while Harry Kane led the line for the team last night. They competed well, too, enjoying the lion's share of possession, but Chelsea's greater quality showed in the end.
A defeat to the Blues is not reason to be too defeatist for Spurs, though, as they are still making strides under the Argentine boss.
This is a long-term project and it will take time for Pochettino to eradicate the existing problems in the squad.
At the moment, he has only had 14 Premier League games to implement his methods on the side and to expect him to make a huge impact in that time is naive.
Spurs lack quality and need an injection of new talent before they are ready to be genuine top-four contenders, but they also need patience.
This season still has the potential to be a good one, with the side only four points behind the fifth placed West Ham United, as things stand.
The improvements they have made in recent weeks should not go unnoticed, either, and their display last night at Stamford Bridge would have been good enough to beat a number of team's in the top-tier.
The impending crisis that is about to occur at White Hart Lane, according to some, therefore, is unlikely to happen and, although expectations may have to be lowered slightly, the club are still taking small steps forward, which could have a major impact in the seasons to come.