Spurs boss André Villas-Boas has made no secret of his target this season and clearly feels that his Tottenham side will be there or thereabouts in challenging for the Premier League title.

However, they have been somewhat unconvincing early on and to say that they have not exactly pulled up any trees with their performances would be a vast understatement.

Tottenham's pre-season was quite disruptive with many players coming in and the worst secret in football in Gareth Bale's protracted transfer to Real Madrid.

Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Vlad Chiriches were all brought in but early on there does not appear to be that creative spark.

This was more than evident in their first loss of the season to bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Tottenham had plenty of possession but chances were at a minimum and they just could not break down a stubborn Arsenal resistance. New signing Soldado, bought for £26 million, has been a mere shadow of the striker that was on show for Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup and had performed so impressively for Valencia last season.

The Spaniard has only scored two goals in seven games thus far in the Premier League and they were both penalties. He will need to improve if Tottenham are to leave their mark on the title race this season.

Spurs fans have a right to be concerned after they suffered another defeat to another London rival at the weekend when West Ham won 3-0 at White Hart Lane - undoubtedly the shock of the weekend. With so many new faces coming in at once, it is obviously going to take time for them to settle into a system. This could take a few months and only then will it be time to judge them.

Tottenham, who were many people's tip for a top-four finish have started slowly and they currently sit sixth with 13 points from seven games and have found goals at a minimum this season so far.

They have this tag as being perennial bottlers over previous seasons after they let good league positions seemingly drift away from them. That reputation will be hard to shake this season if their new signings do not start performing.

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