As the dust settles on Colchester United’s famous win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, the post-mortem will inevitably begin for the Premier League outfit.
Mauricio Pochettino chose to ring the changes; although the team which he selected should still have been capable of defeating a League Two team.
Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker-Peters all started the game for last season’s Champions League finalists.
Several areas of the Tottenham squad are becoming a cause for concern. The decision to offload Kieran Trippier leaves them short at right-back; whilst the Colchester game highlighted how toothless Spurs are without Harry Kane.
One player, in particular, is quickly becoming a real cause for concern.
The 23-year-old missed a sizeable chunk of last season with hamstring and thigh problems; failing to scale the heights which had earned him rave reviews when he first joined Tottenham.
It might seem strange to criticise a player who played a part in Spurs reaching the Champions League final. His inconsistency, however, provides Pochettino with a conundrum.
Since arriving in North London in 2015 he has scored 53 goals and registered 49 assists in 187 appearances.
His performances in four years have also seen him collect 37 England caps and there is serious optimism that Alli can eventually rediscover his confidence and hit top form.
The Milton Keynes-born player hasn’t registered a goal or assist in the Premier League since January and right now his place in the team isn’t guaranteed.
Alli has been restricted to just half an hour of league football all season and he faces a real fight to reclaim his place as one of Pochettino’s most important players.
The midfielder looks as though he has the weight of the world on his shoulders at the moment and helping Alli rediscover his mojo could go a long way towards Tottenham experiencing an upturn in fortunes.