Tottenham’s title aspirations were dealt a blow when they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men had been ahead after Harry Kane opened the scoring in the first-half, but three late goals from Wolves condemned Spurs to their first defeat in the Premier League since the start of December.
Here are three things we learned from Saturday’s clash.
3. Tottenham’s Lack of Squad Depth Is Finally Starting to Show
Following the match, Pochettino suggested that the busy Christmas fixture list had its toll on his players and that they were lacking energy during the second-half.
Whilst that is certainly true, the manager may be forgetting the fact that he only used one substitute during the whole match – indicating that he may not fully trust some of the players he has at his disposal.
Tottenham have been coping superbly well this season when you remember the club made no new signings in the summer, but if they are to finish the season strongly then Pochettino may need a few fresh faces to choose from.
2. Raul Jimenez Can Still Lead the Line for Wolves
Wolves’ harshest critics have suggested that they are still a striker short of being considered a top-half team.
Raul Jimenez is never likely to be a prolific goalscorer who comfortably nets 15 goals a season, but it is clear to see why Nuno Espirito Santo has so much faith in the Mexican. He offers so much more to the team than just goals, exemplified by his fantastic work rate in the final third.
It would be sensible for Wolves to look at bringing in a second striker in January as Leo Bonatini isn’t up to much, but Jimenez deserves to continue starting.
1. Tottenham’s Title Aspirations May Have Been Wishful Thinking
After a brilliant run of recent results, Tottenham edged themselves in front of Manchester City in the league – which led to some people suggesting that they could be genuine title contenders this season.
However, they were brought crashing back down to earth and, with that, came an overriding sense that the title may be beyond them for another season. As proven by the way Liverpool dispatched Arsenal later in the day, Spurs are still well behind the league leaders – in terms of performance levels as well as points.
Tottenham may be wise to concentrate their efforts on bagging one of the two domestic cups instead.