Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of West Ham United at the weekend.
Experts have started to point the finger at many issues which paved the way for defeat. They include wrong team selection, Kyle Naughton at left-back, Jermain Defoe as striker etc.
After the long trip to Russia, Andre Villas-Boas's lack of a 'plan B' as well as his ability to respond to opponents tactics.
Most of these problems seems to be genuine. These are the ones Spurs need to find an answer if they have to pursue a title challenge.
Tottenham are no longer considered as a mid-table team, and a home defeat is completely unacceptable to their faithful. The margin of this particular defeat will be painful in the long run as well.
One thing which was quite evident was Spurs lack of a Plan B in attack. Tottenham failed to penetrate the body studded West ham defence, and the lack of space effectively shut Spurs passing game.
Lack of width was another reason which hindered the progress. West Ham simply shut the shop knowing very well that they can frustrate this side with their methods, and they don't have an alternate course of action.
Tottenham's star striker Roberto Soldado was in terrible form prior to the game and was dropped in favour of Defoe, who seemed to be in better nick at that moment. But, the diminutive Englishman was an inferior version of the Spaniard.
Spurs' in-game tactics remained the same, they tried to penetrate through ground which they failed. Defoe couldn't convert his chances either. Defoe was never an ideal solution for Spurs' striking problems upfront.
Even though AVB introduced Soldado in search of an equaliser, playing two similar strikers upfront never increased the threat. There was no one to meet the crosses at the box. There wasn't a physical presence like Emmanuel Adebayor in the box, which could have turned the course of action. The lack of width and the lack of plan B, hindered their progress and attacks.
West Ham were safe as they knew that the only threat coming in their way was through the middle.
An in-form Adebayor could have provided an alternate route, one which is badly needed by Spurs at the moment.
Indeed Spurs are missing an all-round, physical striker like Adebayor at the moment. If he is off-colour, Spurs should not hesitate to get someone in a similar mould to solve their striking woes.
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