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Tottenham must sign experience in January to turn possession and draws into wins

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Tottenham Hotspur must consider buying in January if they are to build a more experienced squad and break their drawing habit.

The White Hart Lane outfit have been in and around the top four for much of the season, but are struggling to make headway.

Despite having lost just once this season - a 1-0 defeat on the opening day away to Manchester United - they are stagnating because of the number of draws.

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Three of those - against Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool - have been goalless, and it is evident Spurs lack the cutting edge to consistently get three points in games where they dominate.

It is not a complete lack of goals that is hindering them, which makes selecting new targets all the more difficult.

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Indeed, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min upfront, any incoming strikers would come knowing they would be unlikely to be top of the pecking order.

It is also difficult to disparage many of Spurs’ draws since a number of them were against teams they would likely have lost to in previous seasons.

A further positive is they have played all the sides above them in the league once. That, in itself, is a sign of progress, but if they are to make the top four it is important they start scoring more.

Draws against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were all rued by boss Mauricio Pochettino because of the possession Spurs enjoyed, and there is an argument they should have won all three.

Had they got those nine points, they would now be joint top of the table. 

It appears that while Pochettino has undoubtedly instilled a new-found confidence in his side, there is a contingent that lacks the self-belief to beat the very top sides. Such mentality has even cost them against sides like Stoke and Swansea, both of whom they should have beaten but succumbed to 2-2 draws against.

January, then, is not solely about buying more attackers, but more leaders. Spurs may have won admirers for assembling a young side, but if they are to maintain their pressure on the very top sides they must start converting their draws into wins.

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