Soccer NewsThursday 30th November 2017

What’s happened to Tottenham’s title aspirations?

What’s happened to Tottenham’s title aspirations?

Every Spurs fan will know that their team have proven to be frustratingly inept at picking up any silverware. But that will come as little comfort to anyone who’s watched the side deliver a string of embarrassing results that suggests that all might not be well at White Hart Lane.

This week we saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffering a disastrous 2-1 away defeat to Leicester City. Although the ever-reliable Harry Kane was on hand to give Tottenham a consolation goal, it was the leaky Spurs defence that will be giving fans plenty to worry about.

Above all, it’s the lack of team spirit that seems to be getting Tottenham down. Their sloppy first half performance suggested that the players just aren’t aggressive enough when it matters most.

In addition to this, Tottenham fans won’t be enjoying the fact that Jose Mourinho is eyeing up several Spurs players in what could be an aggressive transfer move for Manchester United later this season.

The side are now languishing thirteen points behind league leaders, Manchester City, who have a game in hand. And what’s worse is that they’ve had to suffer the ignominy of watching Arsenal leapfrog them, leaving Tottenham in a fairly unsatisfactory fifth in the table.

Tottenham’s 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal was a painful moment. Seeing their side’s defences stretched across the back, and watching the glaring lack of goal opportunities showed that Tottenham’s title ambitions might not be all that they are cracked up to be.

Mustafi celebrates Arsenal vs Tottenham
Tottenham recently suffered the blow of North London Derby defeat to Arsenal

And the previous week’s defeat by Manchester United shows that Spurs seem to have problems when playing away from White Hart Lane. Such results go against what had previously been such a strong start to the season.

Just a few weeks ago the side were very close behind Manchester City in the title race. But this mid season slump seems to have halted Tottenham’s dreams of picking up some silverware this season.

And with the unsatisfactory draw against West Bromwich letting many fans down in the accumulator predictions last weekend, it seems that Tottenham need to rethink their approach to the game.

However, it’s not all bad. Spurs fans will have been happy to see Érik Lamela finally coming off the bench against Leicester to deliver a perfect assist in setting up Harry Kane’s goal. In addition to this, it’s worth mentioning that Tottenham were in a similar position to this last year and still managed to provide a spirited comeback.

And with what should be an easy match against Watford coming up this weekend, it’s hoped that Mauricio Pochettino can turn around his team’s fortunes. But with just four points in their last five games, it’s clear that something needs to change at White Hart Lane.

And whilst they can continue to try and rely on star players like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, it seems that Spurs need to find more strength in depth if they have any hope of Premier League success this season.