Before the start of the season, Tottenham looked to be the best up-and-coming side in the Premier League. They were tipped to be the dark horse for the title, and were even projected to secure an all-important Champions League spot in the table.
Yesterday, the man who can seemingly score from anywhere around the 18-yard box, Sergio Aguero, gave Tottenham a first hand look at his poaching prowess. What he and Manchester City also did was show us all how distant from a championship Tottenham really is.
The Lilywhites were big players in the transfer market, offloading superstar Gareth Bale before buying a whole new midfield using merely a fraction of his transfer sum. Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas was hailed a genius, and Spurs were finally going to overtake pesky rivals Arsenal for title of the best side in North London.
How far that has been from the truth. With Week 12 at an end, Tottenham find themselves in ninth place in the league. They are maintaining great possession — 55 percent — yet have little to show for it. With a goal difference of three and a paltry nine goals scored so far, Spurs resemble Stoke City more than they do Arsenal or Chelsea, or even Liverpool.
Tottenham defends well, possesses the ball and creates plenty of chances, but cannot finish to save its Champions League life. The purchase of Roberto Soldado seemed like a summer steal, but only four goals, while a team-best, is just not good enough for a starter. Keep in mind, three of those goals are from the penalty spot.
It seems that Tottenham have fallen victim to the recent popularity of the attacking midfielder as many other clubs have. They simply cannot find the back of the net, and as they showed against Manchester City, a lot must change both offensively and defensively before they are taken seriously as contenders for the Premier League title.