Some murmurs of discontent are starting to spread around supporters of Tottenham Hotspur.
The north London club are not in a bad position in the league, just two points off of the top four and that elusive Champions League spot, and indeed only eight points from the summit of the Premier League. So what is the problem?
Although not calamitous, Spurs fans are disappointed that their club is already out of both domestic competitions, priding themselves on being a cup team. In addition, fans and players alike struggle to achieve excitement anywhere near that of the Champions League, when playing in the Europa League in remote towns on Thursday nights.
This is far from terrible though, with the possibility of silverware in that tournament still an enticing prospect.
The problem lies in the rapid addition and removal of playing staff. Spurs fans were angered that (arguably) their three star players, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale were all sold within the space of twelve months, with their replacements making nowhere near the kind of impact that these players had.
In fact none of the current Spurs crop would be considered 'world class' except perhaps Jan Vertonghen, whereas the three mentioned previously all fell in or around that category.
Of the £100million summer outlay on new players, only around £20million of that seems to have been wisely invested. Christian Eriksen, the 21-year-old signed from Ajax, and Vlad Chiriches, the Romania captain are both young and have impressed significantly since their arrival..
The rest have been decidedly average. Roberto Soldado, the Spanish international, has just five Premier League goals, four of which were penalties. Erik Lamela has played just nine times in the league for Spurs and Paulinho has never once been near the standard at which he plays for the Brazilian national team. The root of the problem lies in the other two signings along with another relatively new boy, Lewis Holtby.
Having been at the club six months and twelve months respectively, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby all seem desperate to leave the club.
Spurs surely cannot sell players that they have only just signed and are all young and players that have been predicted as stars of the future. There must be something wrong with the management of the club with the turnover of players this fast.
A huge number of players left during the summer months - Bale, Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker - who were all regular first team players, with Jermain Defoe adding to this list after completing a move to Toronto. Seven new signings was too many at once, especially after the revelations that some of these were not wanted by ex-boss Andre Villas Boas.
With such a changed team, and with a manager unhappy with his players, along with the departure of such a key player in Gareth Bale, the problem seems to lie further up the Spurs hierarchy, with some fans pointing the finger at Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy.
Spurs, after signing such a large number of players, had to be patient and give them a whole season to settle - a transitional period if you like. This has clearly not materialised.
Andre Villas-Boas was sacked and now some of the new players look to be heading out. This surely will not solve the problems. New players will come in, it will take them time to settle as well and the problem will simply be repeated.
There needs to be more patience shown by the White Hart Lane outfit as they look to qualify for the Champions League. Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have had the same core of players for a while now and are subsequently flourishing, Tottenham should take notice of this and not bring in and remove the new names in such great numbers and such a short time.
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