Is this proof that Tottenham have gone backwards under Pochettino?

Spurs need two wins to avoid getting their lowest points total in six years, and the table hints at more problems under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham's 3-0 loss to Stoke was a stark reminder that there remains much to fix at White Hart Lane, and even more worryingly, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has shown few signs of providing the answers in recent weeks.

In fact, pondering whether the club has actually gone backwards in the last 12 months reveals some damning facts about the club this season.

Spurs are of course likely to finish in the same position they managed last season, sixth place, but a closer look at the table unveils some worrying differences between the two campaigns.

Tottenham cannot match their points tally from the Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood season, where they scored 69 points. The maximum Spurs can get this season is 64.

They have also lost one more league game this year than in the previous season, and have conceded more goals in 2014-15 (53) than in 2013-14 (51).

But would Spurs have been better off if they would have kept with the man who finished last season in charge?

By contrast of course, Sherwood has impressed the whole of English football by grabbing Aston Villa by the scruff of their necks and making the players believe that they are good enough to beat anyone.

Villa are now one of the form teams in the league, and are looking forward to a FA Cup final with Arsenal once the season is over. Four points clear of the drop zone, and with Hull facing Spurs and Manchester United in their last two games, Villa should be safe, and it will be interesting to see where Sherwood takes them next season. Spurs have won win in six, compared to Villa's three in that same period, including a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino has been praised for helping bring through some young players at Spurs, but it's easy to forget that it was the previous manager who brought Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane into the first team, and he would have likely done the same with Ryan Mason had the midfielder not been on loan at Swindon last season.

The current Spurs manager will almost certainly be given next season to push the club on, and rightly so considering the managerial changes that have gone on at White Hart Lane over the last few years, but if Tottenham fail to improve performances over the next 12 months, there are going to inevitably be big questions asked.

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