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Last Updated: Friday October 24 2008 13:02 GMT

What's gone wrong at Spurs?

Aaron Lennon

It's all going wrong at Tottenham. They have yet to win a game in the league this season and lots of the players are speaking out about what they think is going wrong.

But they've done well in the league in recent years, and have spent millions on players, so where has it all gone wrong?


Player problems

After the team's Uefa Cup loss to Udinese, defender Jonathon Woodgate said the club is "one million per cent" in a relegation battle.

And even worse, according to Woodgate, is that the same problems are hitting the team again and again.

"What went wrong was the same as has been happening in every single game we have played in this season - a lack of concentration. We have got to start learning quickly.

"When you have a losing mentality like we've got at the moment you have got to get really stuck in and start winning games or you just get used to losing and losing and losing."

Before the match with Udinese winger David Bentley talked to a magazine about the team's troubles.

Manager Juande Ramos then didn't pick him to play against Udinese, even though he cost Spurs 15m in the summer.

Transfers

Tottenham have signed and sold a lot of players since last season. It can take a while for new players to get used to playing together.

Spurs' big money buys
Luka Modric - 16.6m
David Bentley - 15m
Roman Pavlyuchenko - 14m
Vedran Corluka - 8.5m
Heurelho Gomes - 7.8m
Giovanna - 4.7m
During the last transfer window Tottenham sold their two main goal scorers from last season; Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United and Robbie Keane to Liverpool.

It seemed like Berbatov was going for a long time, but Spurs waited and waited to try to get as much money as possible.

In the end they got more than 30m for him, but because they sold him so late, didn't have time to bring in a proper replacement.

Keane was perhaps a player they didn't want to lose, but Liverpool offered so much money for him it seemed silly to turn it down.

That left the club with just one striker - Darren Bent.

They did bring in two others - Roman Pavlyuchenko and Frazier Richardson (on loan) but they haven't had much time to settle in.

Red cards and penalties

Darren Bent
Tottenham striker Darren Bent
It's hard enough to win football matches when a team is struggling AND still has all 11 players on the pitch.

In their last two games Spurs have given away three penalties and had three players sent off.

Handing the opposition brilliant scoring chances from the spot, and trying to compete with fewer players makes winning even harder.

And now those player who were shown red cards will miss vital matches because they will be suspended.