On this chaotic Premier League season, Tottenham’s four-game run with out a win is trigger for alarm.
Previous to their conflict with Crystal Palace on December 13, Spurs have been high of the Premier League desk after an incredible run of type which noticed them beat Manchester City and Arsenal, whereas drawing with Chelsea in between.
A barely simpler, in concept, fixture listing appeared to observe the Eagles up first, a difficult tie in opposition to Liverpool, and the Leicester City and Wolves.
Not so quick, not this 12 months. Jose Mourinho’s males have faltered, and never solely that, they’ve been enjoying defensive soccer. The objectives they have been netting at will within the opening seven video games of the season are starting to dry up.
A blitzkrieg opener from Tanguy Ndombele at Molineux on Sunday night time felt like a promising return to normality however Tottenham didn’t have a single shot on track after the 21st minute of the match.
Not solely that, they solely had two others, previous to it and one was that lengthy ranger from Ndombele.
These aren’t the one damning statistics of Spurs’ dismal December – though with the caveat they’ve nonetheless solely misplaced simply three video games this time period and have the third finest defence within the division.
Nonetheless, if you happen to can’t make it depend on the different finish you then’re asking for bother.
Oh, and that shot on track stat? How about we extrapolate that out a little bit.
Of their final six Premier League video games, Tottenham have had simply 5 photographs on track within the second half of the video games – lower than some other group.
It’s not the prettiest studying, and it feels even worse once you have a look at the standard of the probabilities Mourinho’s facet are creating for themselves.
Ndombele’s shot from outdoors the field had an anticipated objectives (xG) worth of 0.02, and it contributed to a complete of simply 0.Three on the night time in opposition to Wolves.
It’s a great distance from the three.eight they achieved in opposition to Manchester United again in October – the final time the had greater than 2.Zero xG in a match.
And you may see simply how unhealthy the run has been right here.
Tottenham’s anticipated objectives since Oct 4
- West Ham United – 3-3 – 1.2 xG
- Burnley – 1-0 – 0.eight xG
- Brighton – 2-1 – 1.eight xG
- West Brom – 1-0 – 1.6 xG
- Manchester City – 2-0 – 0.7 xG
- Chelsea – 0-0 – 0.2 xG
- Arsenal – 2-0 – 0.5 xG
- Crystal Palace – 1-1 – 1.1 xG
- Liverpool – 1-2 – 1.Three xG
- Leicester City – 0-2 – 1.1 xG
- Wolves – 1-1 – 0.Three xG
When your objectives are drying up and also you’re conceding round one aim a sport, issues begin to get a contact regarding.
Throughout the same span, there must also be worries over Spurs’ lack of possession.
Having most popular to cede the ball to their opponents in opposition to their more durable opponents, it seems they’re now discovering it onerous to vary their mentality in opposition to outfits who they need to themselves be dominating.
Generally sport state alters these plans, in fact, a Mourinho facet will attempt to defend a lead, however to let your opponent have a lot of the ball is simply too dangerous.
Towards Crystal Palace, it felt just like the equaliser was coming from the very begin of the half-time whistle and there was the same feeling in opposition to Wolves too.
In solely three video games this season have Spurs pressured the problems and brought management of video games – in opposition to Newcastle, Manchester United (who have been down to 10 males), and Burnley.
In case you’re in possession and have gamers who can use it safely, or are comparatively press resistant, a lead can nonetheless be protected.
It’s maybe no marvel the primary switch goal for Tottenham in January will likely be a midfielder with a profile much like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Moussa Sissoko capabilities dilligently and has dovetailed beautifully with Serge Aurier this season however in possession the Frenchman simply isn’t capable of supply Spurs sufficient when passing vertically, whereas Harry Winks has plateaued after a string of accidents underneath Mauricio Pochettino.
When Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have been firing on all cylinders, Tottenham have been fantastic to look at.
Nevertheless it’s clear they’re too reliant on their ahead pair.
Ndombele’s aim in opposition to Wolves – assisted by Ben Davies – was the primary scored by Spurs which didn’t contain Kane and Son since Gareth Bale’s winner in opposition to Brighton on November 1.
Of the 26 league objectives netted by Spurs this season, Kane and Son have claimed 20 of them.
These are, although, correctable points, particularly given the membership are popping out of the hardest run of fixtures they’ll face all season.
Their ‘Massive Six’ rivals at the moment are evenly unfold all through the second half of the marketing campaign, an enormous increase.
And if Mourinho actually does want a repair then January is the time to nab that important midfielder who could be press resistant and move vertically.
Tottenham will look to get again to successful methods in opposition to Fulham on Wednesday, dwell on talkSPORT at 6pm