The manner in which Andre Villas-Boas acted in the latter stages of his tenure is concurrent with former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher's experiences with two of his bosses.
Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail,
Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were two of the biggest influences on my career but they walked out of Anfield different men to the impressive figures who first breezed in. By the end they were making strange decisions and strange statements. The pressure of such an intense role clearly impacted on them.
"Strange" is the word to describe how former Spurs manager Villas-Boas handled Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, two players signed to compensate for Gareth Bale's departure.
They have not delivered mainly because of Villas-Boas.
Erik Lamela (£30 Million Signing from Roma)
In the 2-1 UEFA Europa League win over Sheriff, Lamela scored and completed 11 dribbles.
Three days later in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, Lamela spent the entire game doing what you were doing—being a spectator.
It was the fourth straight Premier League game in a row that Lamela warmed the benches.
Then he started in the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on the left wing even though Levy commissioned the £30 million transfer fee based on Lamela's performances as a right forward for Roma.
Hold up. If Lamela started against City, why didn't he make cameo appearances against Aston Villa, Hull City, Everton and Newcastle?
Lamela spent Villas-Boas' last two Premier League games as Spurs manager sitting on the bench.
This is on top of Lamela not being able to speak fluent English, adjusting to a new culture and a different playing style, and being burdened with a big transfer fee.
Roberto Soldado (£26 Million Signing from Valencia)
When he scored 24 La Liga goals for Valencia last season, the team was built around him and he led the club in shots per game.
At Spurs, he became the third option as Andros Townsend and Paulinho were given license to shoot on sight.
Soldado cannot create his own shot; he is a goal poacher.
So when Villas-Boas empowers two of his "midfielders" to act as quasi-forwards, then he is inviting the "Spurs paid £26 million for a penalty-taker" or "Soldado can't score regularly from open-play" talking points.
Instead of giving Soldado a strike partner to alleviate the pressure, Villas-Boas just persisted with something that wasn't working.
If only he had a 6'3" complete striker in his squad...
Oh wait, he did.
He had the lackadaisical Emmanuel Adebayor, who only seems to perform when he is fighting for a new contract or when he feels he can win a starting XI position.
This is happening under new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, who has the smarts to motivate Adebayor knowing he wants to desperately prove Villas-Boas wrong, as per BBC Sport:
They [Villas-Boas' coaching staff] asked me to train with the reserves, which I did with pleasure, and they asked me to train on my own, which I did with pleasure.
So now everything is paying off.
I kept doing my thing and this is my glory time. I'm very happy.
I thank the players and the staff [under Sherwood].
They have given me my confidence back and they said 'we know how good you are'. I didn't want to let them or the fans that believe in me down.
The more goals Adebayor scores—three in his last two games under Sherwood—the more attention he will receive from the opposing team.
This will give Soldado chances to score "cheap" goals, i.e. tap-ins (his specialty), and provide the platform for him to start living up to his transfer fee.
Something as simple as playing a target man alongside a goal poacher was not an option for Villas-Boas because he got personal with Adebayor.
If Sherwood gets the Adebayor-Soldado partnership to score, then it will be another indictment on Villas-Boas' managerial competency.