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Andre Villas-Boas must prove himself to Tottenham doubters

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After arguably the most exciting transfer window for Tottenham fans in many a year, it comes at no surprise that murmurs of discontent have begun to emerge after the north London side failed to score for the fourth time in the Premier League so far this season.

Despite the expensive attacking additions of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen for a total of around £65m, Spurs have only netted six times in 11 Premier League games from open play this season. 

After his side's 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle, Villas-Boas told Sky Sports: "We had so many good, good chances that I think the result is very unfair."

Although many may argue that Spurs were the unlucky losers to a stunning Tim Krul performance, ultimately they didn't win the game - and despite the number of chances that were missed, the problem of getting Roberto Soldado clear goal-scoring opportunities remains an issue.

Soldado was well-known for being the typical 'fox-in-the-box' during his time with Valencia; however, this has not stopped Spurs from effectively playing to his weaknesses.

They have consistently failed to get the ball into Soldado's feet in and around the penalty area and have instead resorted to trying to play an intricate passing game in crowded areas outside of the penalty box - undoubtedly due to the lack of width that has become increasingly apparent in the last few games.

It certainly seems strange to spend over £25m on a striker, make him the figurehead of your attack, and then not play to his strengths.

Questions about player selection must be raised - inverted wingers who struggle to go down the outside of a full-back are only serving to narrow the game and make it easier for teams to employ supposed 'park the bus' tactics and crowd out and slow down any Tottenham attacks. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson is not regarded by many Spurs fans as a left-winger and it seems odd that Villas-Boas has persisted in playing the Icelandic international in this role despite it clearly not being his natural position.

Furthermore, Villas-Boas seems intent on playing the same formation regardless of the opposition - a 4-2-3-1 with essentially two holding midfielders and only one main striker.

Successful managers over the years have proven their credentials by adapting to various opponents and admitting defeat and changing tactics when they are not working.

Spurs' current system is clearly not working from an attacking point of view and in order for Villas-Boas to nip the fans' discontent in the bud he must quickly remedy the negative tactics he has used so far.


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