Even last year's shining beacon of brilliance Harry Kane has struggled and if Spurs are to genuinely progress this season, then the 22-year-old striker is going to require a great deal of assistance.
Last season rather petered out for Tottenham. Broadly speaking it wasn't bad, but with any chance of a top four finish long gone and fondly held hopes of avoiding Europa League qualification also dashed, some of us who attended the last home game against Hull struggled to stay awake...
I have heard of people who have given up their season tickets in middle age, citing the colossal waste of time and money it all is. My assumption has always been that these people must have been lightweights all along.
Some things just aren't meant to be. Sometimes, it's just best to face up to reality, get it out in the open and decide to move on. It's difficult, but necessary. It's in nobody's best interests to waste their time and effort.
Anyone who thinks Pochettino has merely been lucky to turn up at a time when these players have started to excel should glance at what he did at Southampton. In the time he was there he turned a bunch of largely uncelebrated professionals into big stars.
Coquelin epitomises this 'new Arsenal' team; one that is no longer afraid to win 'ugly' when it needs to... Even without Kane's goals, Tottenham, seven points clear of eighth place, would have found a way of finishing seventh.
Some fans may not even consider this a good thing, but on the basis of his performance at Old Trafford, Harry Kane is in desperate need of a breather and with Roberto Soldado currently injured, Adebayor's opportunity to redeem himself is now.
In just a few months Pochettino has managed to assert his authority in a way that none of his recent predecessors have. The football has been entertaining, the results have been good, but it is the manner in which they have been achieved that has been the clearest and most welcome manifestation of his influence.
As a long-standing Spurs sympathiser, it's faintly disappointing to see them slide their way back out of the top six, but it's hard to seriously argue that it's not deserved.
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Once again the simple fact that Spurs are greatly diminished when Harry Kane isn't playing centre forward was all too clearly demonstrated. Kane did come on for the last half hour but he was asked to play behind Soldado and it is much harder for him to change games from that deeper position.
Kane is about as likeable as footballers get. He works his socks off, looks as humble as they come and has one bright future ahead of him. But here's the biggest thing. It's just so refreshing (and rare, nowadays) to see a player who has progressed through his club's youth ranks to excel at the very top.
For Tottenham to make a game of it all that's required is more of the relentless intensity and flair that did for Arsenal. In Sturridge, Sterling and the in-form Coutinho, Liverpool have dangerous attackers but they look less than impregnable at the back.
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.
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.
In getting Spurs to the Capital One Cup final and keeping them in contention for the Europa League and a top four Premiership finish, Pochettino is having a remarkably good first season. To the more delusional Spurs fan this level of achievement might be considered par but given what he's had to contend with, it is much better than that.