Tottenham Focus – Does West Ham loss highlight underlying concerns?

Tottenham suffered a 3-0 reverse at home to West Ham United on Sunday which saw the Lilywhites slip to sixth place, three points off top spot in the Premier League.

Spurs dominated possession and territory but West Ham were organized and resolute in defending throughout and scored a goal from a set piece before adding two more on the break when Spurs were chasing the game. However, the question is: Despite Spurs’ good start to the season, was this match a defeat waiting to happen?

This may have been only the third game this season in which Spurs have conceded goals, but the goals against have all come in the Premier League [to London clubs]. In the seven games this season, the opposition have had 62 shots: the fact that before Sunday’s match only two goals had been conceded may be down to several factors, including the number of shots off target, the 14 blocked shots and that Spurs have arguably the best goalkeeper in the league, Hugo Lloris.

Is this down to an imbalance in the team? Whilst Michael Dawson is rightly lauded for his heart on the sleeve performances, he can struggle when facing pace and direct running as seen against Ravel Morrison and Fernando Torres. This tends to leave Lloris in a one on one situation. As good as the Frenchman is he won’t make the save every time.

Perhaps the biggest problem though is the lack of a defensive midfield. Mousa Demb

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