Disappointment and frustration will still be the prevailing emotions at White Hart Lane after yesterday’s draw with Swansea, but take a step back and the picture is looking rather rosy for Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated for large portions of the game and were unlucky not to go on and get the winner after equalising for the second time, but the evidence of progress is clear to see.
An opening day defeat at Old Trafford was the last time Spurs left a game empty-handed and on the balance of play, their four draws could easily have been four wins instead.
Since looking comfortable but devoid of ideas against Manchester United back on August 8th, Spurs have been the better team in each of their subsequent games and Pochettino’s ideas are now well and truly implemented.
As with any team this young, there are growing pains, and tactical naivety and individual errors have been to blame for Tottenham’s failure to turn those single points into three.
Yet the measure of control they have had in their last seven games with a squad so young is a measure of the work being done behind the scenes.
The international break has come at a good time for Spurs, with injuries and a suspension for Eric Dier, pushing their lean squad to its limits.
They have a chance to all but secure Europa League progression with a double-header against Anderlecht and face very winnable fixtures in the Premier League.
Liverpool have struggled to get going this season and Spurs will look to take advantage of the uncertainty at the club.
A trip to Bournemouth comes next before Aston Villa make the journey to White Hart Lane and Pochettino will have his eye on five wins from five.
November is shaping up to be a tough month, with no less than three London derbies on the horizon, and Spurs will need to use this month as a platform for their continued progression.