This summer Spurs broke their transfer record three times: first buying the Brazilian Paulinho for £17 million, followed by the acquisition of Roberto Soldado for £26 million, before finally smashing the record a third time to purchase the young Argentinian player Erik Lamela.

Other players bought this summer include: Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Vlad Chiriches.

So what is going wrong at Spurs? Their form appears to be stuttering along. Is this because of the squad rotation enforced by managed Andre Villas Boas? After all, keeping such a large squad happy and ready to play must be a difficult task.

Did Spurs need to buy all of these players?

After just scraping over the line to beat struggling Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, with superb goals from defender Chiriches and midfielder Holtby, Spurs seemed to breathe a sigh of relief but, is this result good enough?

Three points are crucial to keep the teams above from cruising away, however, Spurs performances seem to be very pedestrian, very predictable, easy to defend against and definitely lacking the penetration needed to score goals.

Next up is an away trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, pressure is on Spurs to win the game against the team sat at the bottom of the league with only 2 wins.

Spurs need three points to keep the pressure on teams above and the pressure off manager Andre Villas Boas.

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