Spurs spent heavily on three marquee arrivals this summer, but all of them are yet to impress.
While Rafael Benitez was given unprecedented control over player recruitment by owner Mike Ashley, bringing in Premier League quality players such as Mo Diame, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino attempted to target quality over quantity in the market.
However, the Argentine’s approach has backfired spectacularly so far, with Vincent Janssen hitting the net only three times in all competitions, all from the penalty spot, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou failing to make any sort of an impact and marquee signing Moussa Sissoko looking more like the disjointed ambler of St James’ Park rather than the rampaging bull who starred in the Euro 2016 final.
Consequently, Spurs have already crashed out of the Champions League at the Group Stage while falling off the pace in the Premier League following a sequence of draws, with concerns over the form and fitness of key players such as Christian Eriksen (below), Erik Lamela and Harry Kane proving decisive.
And Savage believes Tottenham are paying the price for not pushing the boundaries in the transfer market.
“Pochettino spoke after Tuesday's defeat about needing a bigger squad, but that doesn’t really wash when you have spent £50million in the summer on Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen, who have not pulled up any trees for Spurs so far,” Savage wrote in The Daily Mirror.
“Even Newcastle, in the Championship, have spent £50m on new players this season. So perhaps Tottenham could have pushed the boat out further.”
However, it is certainly too early to cast off Tottenham’s costly duo.
After all, Janssen exploded into form in the second half of the last season with AZ Alkmaar, lifting the Eredivisie Golden Boot despite failing to find his shooting boots prior to the Christmas break.
Meanwhile, Sissoko's typical inconsistencies may not exactly help at a club fighting on both domestic and European fronts but, as he proved at the Euros, few players can stop him in full flight.