Even the most optimistic Spurs fans (of which there can only be a handful left) will be pulling their hair out after the dreadful start to the reign of Mauricio Pochettino, with the Lilywhites sitting 12th in the Premier League after losing five of their first 11 fixtures.
We’ve cobbled together a fairly representative Lilywhites XI from the season so far. It doesn’t make good reading…
Notable absentees include Mousa Dembele, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, and Roberto Soldado.
This quartet reportedly cost over £60m combined, or the best part of Gareth Bale, which goes some way to explaining Spurs’ current malaise.
After the post-Bale sale relaxation of White Hart Lane budgetary constraints, chairman Daniel Levy, director of football Franco Baldini and then-manager Andre Villas-Boas conspired to buy a load of tat. Oddly, only the Portuguese was fired.
Pochettino has been left to deal with the fallout and find a way to shoehorn a bunch of players who do not fit his pressing style into a team capable of challenging for Premier League top-four honours.
The 9/1 odds on Spurs achieving said feat, out from around 3/1 during pre-season, says it all really.
So, what is to be done? And how quickly?
Here’s what Pochettino’s side could look like with some much-needed January investment.
Hugo Lloris is a given in goal, unless he leaves, and Spurs may have fewer problems at the back than one clean sheet in their last eight top-flight fixtures suggests.
Kyle Walker, the right-back assumed to be Roy Hodgson’s first choice for England at the World Cup prior to injury, is likely to return to fitness by the end of November, meaning Pochettino can push teak-tough Young Lions defender Eric Dier across to centre-half.
Jan Vertonghen has copped plenty of flack this term for a perceived lack of loyalty, but the Belgium regular would have a queue of high-class suitors if he was put up for sale, so Pochettino must build bridges to keep him in the side. At left-back, Ben Davies has hardly been tried and deserves a run.
In midfield, Ryan Mason has been a rare bright spark since breaking into the side at the end of September, but the 23-year-old needs new thinking next to him.
Pochettino old boy Morgan Schneiderlin is the obvious choice, with the Frenchman clearly hankering for a move from Southampton.
Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela arrived with so much promise for many millions, but while both have shown flashes of brilliance, neither look comfortable playing under Pochettino, who has repeatedly switched the pair around at number ten and right-forward.
Nacer Chadli has shown something this season though, with six goals in ten Premier League appearances, which is twice as many as any other Lilywhites charge.
We’ve switched him from left to right-forward to accommodate Saints flyer Jay Rodriguez, who Pochettino would surely love to have at White Hart Lane.
It would be no surprise to see him move for the England man in January if Rodriguez strings a decent run of games together after returning from a serious injury, while Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino is exactly the kind of dynamic, all-action number ten that the Argentine clearly craves.
That leaves Colombian hitman Teo Gutierrez, who Spurs are allegedly tracking with intent, to come in and replace the increasingly frustrating Emmanuel Adebayor up front. Football writers have been trotting the second part of that last sentence out for years now.
With a decent wedge of cash and a fair wind, this new Spurs team could be achievable by February.
The question is, will Levy fund such a January spree?