Jebus wept. At the time of our last column, Spurs had a 100% winning record. Now? The only thing that is 100% is the disappointment. Never mind echo of glory, even in victory there is a ton of grumbling. Anyway, let's get this back up and running, as we take a look over pretty much the season to date...
No.1 striker? Continues his scoring run from the end of last season, and is showing more and more development. Getting faster, stronger, more confident by the day. Has always read the game well, has remarkable composure and great tenacity that puts his forward competitiors in the shade.
So good I feel sorry for him that he has that shower in front of him.
Baffling absence makes the heart grow fonder. It doesn't matter if he is an arrogant, moody prig, he's our best defender and should be playing pretty much every game given the form of others.
At 23, certainly on the later side to make his Premier League debut at the club he has been at since day one, but has shown a drive and willingness to make a forward pass that has been sadly absent from this Tottenham side for too long. His cementing of a starting XI position will open the doors for other academy products, if only because they cannot be as bad as the internationals they are replacing.
Top scorer. Doesn't offer much else, and it might be better to think of him as a second striker than having a nominal wide position that offers no cover for our full backs, but he has shown good awareness and finishing in the box. I would be fine with him being the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none option in our attacking line.
Still not performing at the level expected, but that goal.....that goal....it's the stuff Tottenham is made of. However, let's not let him leave the final third of the pitch, please?
Despite his poor record, Pochettino has had a good three months if only because a) people want him to get time simply due to other Spurs managers not getting time, and b) because the players are - rightfully - taking the blame. He will get a chance to restructure the club the way he sees fit, something AVB might be envious of.
Levy has to take responsibility for the club's current malaise. He has either appointed the wrong managers, or appointed the wrong men above the manager *cough* Italian wig wearer *cough* who have signed the wrong players. Levy might be best letting Pochettino run the footballing side of the club, certainly anything to do with the senior squad, exactly how he wants to run it.
The summer signings
Struggling to get games except in the cups, apart from Federico Fazio who has picked up two red cards in his short stay in England. Cue discussion over who really wanted to sign those players.
Silly boy, very silly boy. It's one thing to criticise the fans who pay your wages, it's another to criticise the fans who pay your wages when you have done absolutely nothing to justify one penny of those wages. Adebayor's pop at the home support is even more ironic given all of his goals this season - both of them - have come at White Hart Lane! Tit.
Mousa Dembele and Paulinho
Both linked with moves away from the Lane, and ultimately I don't think there will be too many tears shed. Dembele started well but injury seemed to limit him, mentally as much as anything else, while Paulinho has looked pretty poor since signing. Both players suffer cant influence the game/wont influence the game, and in that crucial central midfield position a lot more is needed than sideways, backwards passing, the odd flash highlight before generally being outfought or outsmarted by the opposition.
If ever there was a warning over signing Jay Rodriguez after his big knee injury, here it is. Kaboul looks a weak forgery of the towering, commanding centre back he once was. Positionally AWOL, mentally scared, the only reasons the Frenchman is still in the side is because of the captain's armband and the deficiencies of those around him.
While our defensive problems extend beyond one man, the team must surely be undermined when the leader is so fallible.
I couldn't afford to renew my season ticket this year. I tried really hard to try and make the numbers work, deluding myself that there was a justification for paying nearly a thousand pounds plus travel and other costs when I could watch a lot of the games for free on the inter.....down the pub, but when I looked back at the quality of the spectacle last season there were so few highlights. It was the final nail in the coffin.
Now I'm glad I did not fork out a month's wages to see such dour, turgid football from a bunch of players of whom far too many simply don't seem to care. The support has been criticised, and undoubtedly the Lane is not the greatest place to play your football right now unless you are the away side, but we have been fed scraps for nearly 18 months.
After the press initially got on our backs as supporters, they have quickly realised that it is the players who are responsible for the terrible performances and results, however until Pochettino can rid the club of the average, overpaid wasters in the team we will have to grit our teeth and hope for a brighter future.