The winter fixtures are coming thick and fast for Tottenham, and now may be time to reconsider some things.
A 2-1 home defeat to rivals West Ham made it four defeats and a draw in five for Ange Postecoglou, who has abruptly reached the end of his honeymoon period in north London.
A fantastic start to the season saw eight wins and two draws in 10 league games, earning the Greek-Australian three Manager of the Month awards and a united fan base.
There was even talk of a title push, which saw happy supporters ridiculed for daring to dream.
That came crashing down with a damaging 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea on November 6, when Spurs picked up two red cards and two hugely-damaging injuries to star players James Maddison and Mickey van de Ven.
Winless in five, Postecoglou still certainly has the supporters behind him, particularly after restoring their culture of thrilling football after some down years under Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.
However, cracks are undoubtedly starting to appear, something that was always expected after the £100million sale of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich in the summer.
And to the delight of Spurs’ rivals everywhere, they are falling by the wayside again.
BACK IN THEIR PLACE
Since the title dream disappeared, Arsenal have leapfrogged their rivals into first, while Spurs have dropped down to fifth.
Gunners’ legend Parlour told talkSPORT: “It’s early days and they got off to a brilliant start, but Spurs have been put back in their place a little bit if I’m honest.”
Sitting alongside him, Tottenham fan and the club’s former midfielder Jamie O’Hara, was left stung by the ‘harsh’ comment.
“They have a little bit,” Parlour explained. “You [fans] do get above yourselves a little bit when you start doing well. You could argue Arsenal do a little bit sometimes.”
Tottenham now possess the worrying stat of having led 1-0 in all of their past five games, before going on to lose or draw.
“Spurs are so open,” O’Hara commented. “Yeah it’s free flowing and great to watch and everyone’s jumped on the bandwagon.
“Spurs are playing brilliant football, but you’ve still got to win games. West Ham last night was how to win big games.
“You see Man City and Arsenal doing it – ugly wins, wins that matter, and Spurs don’t look like they can do that, they look like they’re going to concede goals under pressure.”
Parlour commented: “You’re giving teams a chance and it’s all about that second goal, if you get that second goal last night the game’s over.”
MISSING HARRY KANE
Leading 1-0 on five occasions, Spurs may have added a second with their top scoring player Kane still in place.
Heung-min Son and Richarlison were relied upon for the goals last night, with the latter missing a header while unmarked in a painful moment.
Parlour explained: “Losing Harry Kane, as much as it was good money for the club and he was never going to sign a new contract, you’re still losing all those goals.
“It’s always going to affect a team like Spurs, as much as you don’t want it to, it’s going to. Any team that loses those goals, it’s going to be a problem.”
O’Hara agreed, adding: “We missed Kane last night, we did.”
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN
Often criticised for a lack of spending, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy now seemingly has a manager he can trust, and it’s time to back him.
“This is the problem Daniel Levy’s got,” O’Hara said. “Everyone loves the manager and the way we’re playing but in January he has to make some serious signings, it’s nowhere near good enough, this squad.”
Parlour added: “Do you trust him with a load of money? That’s the question you’ve got to ask if you’re the owner of a club.
“Most fans and neutrals like him so it’s time to give him some money and a chance now. It will be interesting to see what Levy does now after the past few years, now he’s got to compete for the top four and spend a bit of money.”
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