Spurs are not enjoying life at the moment. Their shock loss to previously winless Newcastle means that they had won just one of their first three games.

Already Tottenham are five points adrift of leaders Liverpool and they are in danger of falling further off the pace with a tough assignment at Arsenal on Sunday in the London Derby.

Top scorer Harry Kane has admitted to their poor start and says that they need to do better in subsequent games or risk being off the pace.

When asked if he felt Tottenham would be able to overcome the reigning champions this season, Kane said:

“Yes hopefully, but it is still going to take a lot of hard work.

‘As you’re seeing from Manchester City and Liverpool there is no letting up from them. I said before the start of the season that if we could put a run together, get that momentum, maybe winning for two-three months on the spin without dropping any points, then that’s what it’s going to take. It’s a disappointing start but there is a long way to go.

I said as much (that Spurs couldn’t fall behind early) after the first weekend of the season. Liverpool won on the Friday night and then Manchester City won early on Saturday. They set the standard with those results and I knew we had to keep up with them, make sure we win especially at home.

‘It is disappointing that we haven’t done that in only our second game. But there is still a long way to go, there are a lot of big games ahead of us.

‘It just means we are going to have to pick up points in the big gmes, the tough games and try to improve on what we did against Newcastle.”

He is right. If you want to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool, games against teams Newcastle at home are a must-win for any title hopeful.

The problems that Tottenham have this early this season have been pinned down to the squad being unsettled because of the transfer window activity and speculation of players leaving.

Christian Eriksen has been the poster boy for all things bad at the Spurs camp with his refusal to sign a new contract and doubts still being cast about his future at the club. Jan Vertongen has also been left out of the team for the same reason.

The atmosphere created by Mauricio Pochetinno in terms of his comments hasn’t helped either. His words since the start of the season have done nothing to help the dressing room cohesion and will surely further unsettle his team.

His man-management and the way he has handled things in the public domain has been poor.

On the pitch, Tottenham has been really poor and their play has been slow and laboured.

Their creativity on the pitch is lacking and when they do create chances it’s when Christian Eriksen comes off the bench.

Even though the manager refused to admit it, it is obvious that Eriksen is their most important creative force on the team.

Eriksen, every time he has played has given his all to the cause and has never looked uninterested or uninvolved. From the outside looking in, it is surprising to see that he is not starting.

On the defensive end, Jan Vertongen has been dropped from the team and Davinson Sanchez in his place has been less than convincing alongside Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian watched on from the bench as the Columbian’s mistake led to Newcastle taking the lead.

There is an increasing feeling among onlookers that Tottenham are not playing their best eleven and the results on the pitch back that suggestion up.

You need to be at full strength to compete for a title at this level especially with the ruthlessness and consistency of the two teams they want to beat to the title.

Is Tottenham out of the title race? It is too early to make that suggestion but already they have a lot of ground to make up and things could potentially get worse for them before the international break.

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