Spurs haven't progressed over the last year. They're actually three points behind where they were at this stage last year, but their improved performances have kept fans relatively happy so far. There's a time when 'rebuilding' stops working as an excuse though and this - after Pochettino's second transfer window - is it.
At 45, there is still plenty of time to rebuild his reputation, but it needs to be done elsewhere. His reign now carries an air of inevitability and an inescapable sense that his continuation as manager will only bring further heartache to the fans and the club.
Essentially, Mourinho is playing the Football Manager game with real people. It's a foolproof plan and the easiest way of turning up money to improve the first team squad... Chelsea's transfer strategy is long term and it's such a strong blueprint that it's going to keep them at the pinnacle of English football for the years to come.
The moment when a player leaves a club isn't usually the time that his efforts get the fairest assessment. If he is going at the peak of his powers the fans are disinclined to appreciate the good times because they feel jilted. If he goes when his best days are behind him, fans are slow to remember him in his pomp.
Now is the time of year when teams must start performing or risk getting sucked further into the mire and fans will be looking for certain individuals to rise up and inspire the turnaround. Here's a look at one key player from each of the current bottom six sides that could be the difference between survival and relegation this season.
You cannot deny how talented the likes of Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling are, however, their ability to run rings round defenders with the ball stuck to their feet has only been emphasised due to their exploitation of the 'if there is contact go down' penalty system.
Let's try to be better as football fans and football bloggers. Let the talent develop by itself and stop the mass clamour for anyone who's played two decent games in a row to be thrown into the England setup. As hard as it might be to trust the current management to make the right decisions, we've got to at least give them the chance to make the call by themselves.
Manchester United have been far easier on the eyes this season, but they currently sit on 37 points after 21 games, exactly the same as this time last season when David Moyes was in charge. Just let that sink in for a moment.
People are already talking about who the stars of the campaign have been, but there are a number of high profile individuals that have been rather disappointing over the last few months and must do more to justify their billing.
Ched Evans has failed yet again to gain a contract at one of England's Football League clubs. Oldham Athletic's board today backed out of negotiations, presumably due to pressure from sponsors and fans - it seems clear to me that this is the right decision for football but what is not clear is why there is so much support for Ched Evans to return to the 'beautiful game'.
The goals may not be flowing as freely as last season when Suarez and Sturridge were in a rich vein of form, but Rodgers appears to have finally struck the right balance in attack with the players at his disposal.
Everything is in place for Newcastle to be a successful club, but with Mike Ashley as owner, business sense will always win-out over football. Risk is what wins silverware and creates memories, but can easily destroy a club too and therein lies the dilemma for Newcastle United.
Here's a look at five Premier League players who have successfully reinvented themselves in a new position this season.
As a Premier League fan, the prospect of a massive, three-way battle for the title between City, United and Chelsea - with Arsenal sticking their noses in every now and again - is mouth-wateringly exciting. The top tier without a strong United feels weird.
The club is understandably trying to tie down Sterling to a new deal, more in fitting with his increasing value, but the latest reports suggest he is unhappy with a £70,000-per-week offer and clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are rumoured to be circling.
Last year at Christmas, Burnley, QPR and Leicester were the top three clubs in the league, with play-off final losers Derby fourth. As such, it seems a good time to assess the Championship's front-runners and whether they have what it takes to gain the prized promotion to the Premier League.