£42m gem can't mask Tottenham Hotspur's failings

Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are coming up short in the title hunt once again.

Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur look set to fall short again in their title challenge, already sitting in fifth place in the Premier League table.

They are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City and face a fight simply to finish in the top four.

It looks like a step back from their recent two seasons, in which they challenged Leicester City and Chelsea for the title, finishing third and then second.

Both of these positions remain in their grasp, but Spurs should have been aspiring to at this stage look higher.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

There are circumstances working against them, Manchester City's supreme form, and the Wembley factor was always going to be a hindrance.

But the fears which existed during the summer over their transfer business are now coming back to bite them.

Davinson Sanchez has looked like an incredible addition at the back, a snip at £42 million.

But he also seems a bit of a luxury considering defence was already their position of strength.

Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on...

Key problems in attack have not been addressed, namely their lack of pace, trickery, and players who can change a game.

Davinson Sanchez's arrival meant Tottenham Hotspur's summer ended with excitement, but if Spurs had not signed him, they would likely be in a similar position.

Until their deficiencies in attack are solved and more support is given to Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, Tottenham are likely to fall short in their pursuit of the title.

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