After the first fourteen games played so far, Spurs lie in sixth place, with seven wins, three draws and four losses.

At the same point last season, Spurs had won seven games, drawn two and lost five. This makes Spurs one point better off this season, than at the same point last year.

Why then is there so much negativity around Spurs at the moment?

One reason for this could be the departure of last seasons star man Gareth Bale. His departure sparked the arrival of seven new players over the summer months and also the return of the very highly rated Andros Townsend from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.

Expectations are high for Spurs this season as the squad has been strengthened substantially in all areas of the pitch. Many of the new players are relying on substitute appearances and cup games for now, however.

Although all of the new players have impressed the Spurs faithful when given their opportunity so far.

One area where Spurs have had problems this season, is in the final third of the pitch.

To date their goals scored stands at only 13, with goals scored against them totalling 15.

At the same point last season they had scored 25 goals, although they had also conceded 23 goals.

Things are certainly better defensively now, with solid centre backs at the club and the players being far more athletic than in the past. But why the lack of goals?

Service to the lone striker Roberto Soldado seems limited and movement forward from Spurs seems laboured and pedestrian at times.

The centre of the pitch is often crowded and with wide players wanting to come inside, finding space in the box is proving difficult. Do Spurs need to go back to having wide men that burst down the wing and whip in crosses into the penalty area?

There has been talk of Andre Villas-Boas experimenting with a 4-4-2 formation, however, we are yet to see it on the pitch. Soldado looks a player who needs support and the current formations looks to be isolating him and not giving him many opportunities.

There are many positives for this new look Spurs team moving forward. They need, however, to be scoring more goals in order to grind out results, against some very good defensive teams in the Premier League.

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