Jose Mourinho’s men are now without a win in their last six matches in all competitions and questions are rightfully being raised regarding the Portuguese’s position and long-term future at the club, with no real identity being put in place for fans to see.
A devastating 3-0 loss resulted in a 4-0 aggregate defeat in the Champions League against Red Bull Leipzig, in what is a worrying period of form for José Mourinho’s Tottenham side.
Their defeat against Leipzig was a further indictment on quite how far they are behind the best of the rest. The Germans are having a competitive season in the Bundesliga, but it is fair to say that they are not one of ‘Europe’s elites’, and should not be thumping Tottenham 4-0 over two legs.
It also suggests how heavily Spurs have relied upon the services of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, who have both been ruled out with long-term injuries. The England captain might be looking to make it back in mid-April, but Mourinho has confirmed that Son is ruled out until the end of the season.
There is no doubt that Daniel Levy had to bring in another centre forward last season, or at the very least retain the services of Fernando Llorente. Instead, the Spaniard set sail to sunny Napoli and eight months down the road, they are without a striker that can be called upon in crisis moments like these.
Steven Bergwijn was a makeshift number nine and brought in during the January transfer window, but now he has taken his position on the injury bench and, currently, it is Dele Alli occupying the false nine position intermittently alongside Lucas Moura.
It is fair to say that injuries have played their part, but Mourinho appears to be lost at Tottenham, having failed to stamp his own authority with the team or inspire any performances from them. In years gone by, when up against the wall, Mourinho would have found another gear to drive these players forward and stage an impressive comeback in Europe; but those days appear to be few and far between.
Mauricio Pochettino might have endured a terrible spell at the beginning of the season, but there is no getting away from the fact that they were 20 points better off last season than they are now, as well as of course competing in the Champions League. They rode their luck at times, but as do all teams who progress.
Under the Argentinean manager, Tottenham had a clear vision and philosophy. There was evidence bestowed before the fans to suggest what was being done behind the scenes and on the training pitch, with the club going in the right direction.
But, up to now, Mourinho has stalled the ship. Each performance looks different from the last and there is no sense of team cohesion as previously seen under Pochettino. The players look lost at times and are playing as individuals, which is never going to be sustainable, especially when trying to finish in a top-four position.
The pressure will continue to mount between now and the end of the season, but the ex-Manchester United boss is expected to be given a summer transfer window to attempt to invest in the right players.
However, his reputation as a top-level manager has been in decline for several years now. The question is not only how capable is he of fronting a successful rebuild at Tottenham, but also what will happen to some of the exciting younger players coming through, such as Troy Parrott, when his mind will likely be fixated on bringing in experienced pro’s.