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Tottenham: Could Villas-Boas face the sack?

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After spending over £100 million on new signings in the summer following the sale of Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur were expected to challenge for big things this season.

Yet, after 12 games played, they sit ninth in the Premier league table, eight points behind rivals Arsenal who are top of the league.

Despite a couple of good performances and results against Aston Villa and Norwich, the North London side have struggled massively this year with some very disappointing results.

After an early defeat at a Mesut Ozil-less Arsenal who had lost their previous home game 3-1, the Lilywhites scraped a couple of easy games before being hammered at home 3-0 to West Ham in a London derby.

So far this month, they have drawn to Everton, lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle and were tortured 6-0 at Manchester City last Sunday.

The last two results are obviously incredibly poor and if things don't shape up at White Hart Lane, manager Andre Villas-Boas could possibly lose his job.

His signings from the summer have not been quite as great as expected. With the exception of Christian Eriksen (who is currently out injured), none of the new boys have quite clicked at their new team, which has cost Tottenham some valuable results.

Another reason for the club's poor form so far this season is AVB's obsession with the Europa League. The 36-year-old won the competition in 2011 and appears to fancy his side's chances at the title this year.

Yet this obsession could cost his Tottenham side Champions League qualification, the club's main ambition for the season. This year, he has started the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris in easy group games away from home. By the time the players get back to London, they are usually too tired to compete in the Premier League a couple of days later and the result immediately suffers.

Despite a good early defensive record, they have lacked goals within their team, with only nine goals being scored in their 12 Premier League games this season.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has netted nine goals in just seven Premier League appearances this season whilst league leaders Arsenal have scored 24 goals in the same amount of games as Tottenham. This is incredibly poor form for a team with such high hopes for the season ahead.

Things could look up for Tottenham and Villas-Boas though. If striker Roberto Soldado can find the form he showed at Valencia last season with Eriksen and Erik Lamela also needing to show glimpses of their old selves, the boys in white could start afresh in the league and challenge for a Champions league place once again.

However, a defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday could see the end of Andre Villas-Boas' reign as Tottenham manager.

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