Christian Eriksen is denied by Newcastle's Tim Krul.
Tottenham's return of nine goals in 11 Premier League games does not match what was expected by this point of the season from the expensively assembled group of attackers at the club.
Things have been better in the cups, only adding to the frustration over their struggles in the league.
It has not been for want of trying. In the 1-0 loss to Newcastle United this past weekend, Spurs had 31 attempts at goal, with Magpies' goalie Tim Krul finding a way to stop the 14 of those that were on target.
It was a similar game to that in which the North Londoners toiled to find a way past Cardiff City earlier this season. Except on that occasion Erik Lamela and Paulinho combined to find a way past the Bluebirds' initially unbeatable shot-stopper David Marshall at the death.
Those two games—along with the opening-day win over Crystal Palace—stand out for the frequency of chances created for Roberto Soldado (as tallied by Squawka.com, five against Newcastle, four each in the other two).
Yet other than against Palace, his other league goals have come in matches in which he has not been provided with nearly as much service.
The Spaniard's search for goals has been emblematic of Spurs' creativity issues this season. There is not just one solution to them getting the best out of their lone striker and scoring more in general.
Christian Eriksen started in attacking midfield against Cardiff and Newcastle. At his most involved, there is no better conduit for the flow of Spurs' attack. In both those games, he played a part in Spurs moving the ball reasonably well around the penalty area.
Great goalkeeping ultimately stopped them from making the most of this. But the impression from these games remained—be it in a lack of width from Gylfi Sigurdsson or a lack of ideas from a well-marked Andros Townsend—that Andre Villas-Boas' attack could be better.
With different problems occurring at different points during the season's opening months, it has been hard to get a handle on the direction Spurs would be best suited in following.
Take Eriksen—more influential in the aforementioned games, in others (such as Chelsea and West Ham United) his involvement veered towards the minimal.
Villas-Boas rewarded Lewis Holtby's good cup form by giving him his chance instead of the summer arrival from Ajax. The German's overall work ethic gave Spurs a harder edge, but against generally stronger opposition, he was less useful in instigating forward flourishes.
Out wide, Sigurdsson and Townsend have shone at times this season. Frustratingly, their better moments have rarely aligned with each other's—or indeed enough of their other teammates—to make for a satisfactorily effective combination of players in attacking positions.
Arguments will be made for the inclusion of Lamela and Aaron Lennon on the wings, or perhaps providing Soldado (or maybe replacing him) with a more physically-inclined foil such as Emmanuel Adebayor or Harry Kane.
Experimentation has been the order of the day for Villas-Boas thus far, and that is likely to continue until something clicks.