Tottenham Hotspur have struggled in recent weeks and their title challenge may already be over.
In the early months of the campaign it looked as though Tottenham Hotspur would be the closest challenger to the Manchester clubs in the race for the Premier League title.
However, a recent slump has seen Mauricio Pochettino's side slip from joint-second to seventh and that will be alarming for those Spurs fans who were hoping the club could improve on last season's impressive finish.
There is still plenty of football to be played and Tottenham have the players to get back where they belong in the months ahead, yet it may be worth considering the potential reasons for their poor form.
Toby Alderweireld injury setback cannot be understated, nor can the absence of midfielder Victor Wanyama, and yet Spurs have done relatively well without the latter for much of his time on the side-lines, and Spurs were already starting to wobble even with the Belgian in their starting line-up.
So could another factor be playing a part, with Pochettino's recently released book extracts potentially causing some at Tottenham to take their eye off the ball?
Prior to the extracts coming out, Tottenham had won eight games, drawn two and lost just once. However since publication that record reads four wins, two draws and four defeats.
That is quite a turnaround, and when you consider Spurs should be getting the better of the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City, there may yet be other factors at play.