Tottenham had shown some visible improvements in the last week, claiming successive victories over Hull and Everton, before undeservedly losing to Chelsea.
A consistent starting XI worked wonders when the victories started, but, in the limp 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, it looked as if fatigue had stated to catch up with the side. Mauricio Pochettino’s high-pressing system failed to hold true when his playing squad was depleted of energy, and the collective unit suffered as a result.
Inside the unit mentality shown by the Spurs players, Pochettino’s system relies upon a few creative players to break down the opposition, and it is the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela who were signed to fulfil such a role. However, both prospects have failed to reach the heights expected of them, and Tottenham’s results have suffered due to it.
After 15 games the Lilywhites sit in 10th place, with six wins and six losses rewarding the club with 21 points. However, the next few weeks have a selection of winnable fixtures scheduled, and the North London club will be hoping that they can truly set themselves up for a successful second half of the season.
Many expect the club to complete business in the transfer market, and former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle believes that the Lilywhites should look to replace the likes of Eriksen and Lamela - signing a ‘special player’ in the process.
“It is very difficult nowadays,” the current QPR coach told the Daily Mail.
“There is a lack of world class strikers and midfield players which control the game, express themselves and that is what I think they miss.
“They have some good players but they don't have a special player.”
It looks as if the Lilywhites will have their work cut out for them should they attempt to sign a world class player in January, with few available on the market. However, with the need of one being clearly shown, it will up to Daniel Levy to open his chequebook for the good of the club he is in charge of running.