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Spurs' struggles continue under AVB

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Tottenham Hotspur were tipped for big things this season even with the departure of Gareth Bale, but unless they start scoring goals soon they will find it hard to keep up with the leading pack.

Spurs' tally of nine goals is the joint-third lowest in the Premier League. Three of which have been Roberto Soldado penalties and one a self-admittedly lucky effort from Andros Townsend.

In contrast, their defensive record is the second best in the league, conceding just six goals, a clear sign of Andre Villas-Boas' tactical mentality fully embedding itself into the team in contrast to the man he took over from at the beginning of last season, Harry Redknapp. 

Under Redknapp two seasons ago Spurs were arguably the best team to watch in the Premier League, the free scoring side having already netted 23 times by this stage, but also conceding 15.

Last season was AVB's first in charge, but you now get the impression that this is his team, signing seven players over the summer and adopting a style of play similar to his forgettable time in charge of Chelsea.

It is the home form that is of greatest concern to the club, losing two of their last three at White Hart Lane to teams they'll feel they should be beating, West Ham and Newcastle. Even in the matches they have won they have been unconvincing, 1-0 victories over Swansea and Hull plus a 2-0 win over Norwich, all three sides sitting in the bottom half of the table. 

Alongside a respectable 1-1 draw with Chelsea, Tottenham's goal tally at home stands at just five from six games. 

Teams are coming to White Hart Lane to defend and hit Tottenham on the counter attack, which is working because the north London side are struggling to break teams down, thriving more in the more open games they encounter when going on the road.

Midfielder Moussa Dembele has blamed the pitch size at the 36,000 seater stadium, the fourth smallest in the league, however this didn't seem to be a problem under previous management and even last season.

The sale of Gareth Bale was obviously a huge loss to the Europa League side, the Welsh international firing in 21 league goals for the club last season, however the money from the world record transfer fee and more was reinvested and the home fans feel the team should be scoring more. 

Andre Villas-Boas criticised the home support after the clubs narrow win over Hull, saying their was a negative atmosphere around the ground, however it is hard to blame the fans when they are used to seeing exciting football and an attractive style of play at White Hart Lane.

The £26million arrival of Soldado from Valencia was tipped to instil some goals into the Spurs attack, however the Spanish international has scored just four league goals, three of which have come from the penalty spot.

Jermain Defoe is a recognised finisher and has just become the clubs record goalscorer in Europe, but has started just once in the league campaign whilst team mate Emmanuel Adebayor has been completely frozen out by AVB.

The majority of the clubs transfer activity over the summer came in the midfield department, with the depth in that area possibly a reason as to why Villa-Boas continues to play five across the middle. Even so, only one out and out winger usually starts with AVB preferring Gylfi Sigurdsson over new recruits Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.

On paper, Tottenham have one of the strongest looking teams in the league, but the game isn't played on paper and Spurs need to start breaking teams down and converting chances into goals, especially as their next two fixtures see them facing up against both of the title contenders from Manchester. 

Despite spending over £100million this summer the club have been linked with a move for a striker in January, but perhaps it is time for a different style of play, at home at least, in order to break the more defensive teams down.

AVB is yet to pair Soldado and Defoe together from the beginning this season, which may be worth a go in one of the upcoming fixtures. 

Tottenham will also have expected more from new signings Christian Eriksen and Paulinho, but with the wealth of talent available will certainly have expected to score more goals by this stage.

If the lack of goals continues Villas-Boas can't complain at more negativity from the home support. If AVB can turn White Hart Lane into a fortress for the rest of the season then Spurs may have a successful season, however if not they may find themselves struggling to secure fourth place and missing out on Champions League football once again. 

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