With questions about the wing-back position remaining, the idea of getting creativity from the middle of the park seems even more important, which leads us to our second question, can Spurs break down other teams?
Can Tottenham find the creativity to unlock parked buses?
If fans did not learn anything else from watching Tottenham against Roma, we certainly saw that Spurs are still going to have some difficulty with teams parking the bus. After scoring early, Jose Mourinho gladly went into his defense-first approach and dared Spurs to pick the Roma lock.
In the end, Mourinho was right, and Tottenham could not break down a stiff Roma defense and find an equalizer.
Not every Premier League team will be proficient at hanging onto leads and defending deep like Mourinho’s Roma. However, it is still concerning Spurs were unable to penetrate their defense.
Conte’s system relies on service from wide, providing opportunities in scoring positions. However, with the question marks out wide we have already mentioned, having an alternative centrally to make plays would be a nice hedge on Conte’s bet.
What is the real target for Tottenham this term? Does the club have the squad to get there?
Maybe one of the most difficult questions is about how competitive Tottenham will or will not be this season. Although the team is vastly improved from the squad Mourinho left, it seems unrealistic that Spurs are suddenly competing with Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.
With little true chance of winning the League, playing well and winning on at least one of the other three fronts becomes critical while maintaining a top place – not the top place – in the league.
Ultimately, you must ask if the team is deep enough to compete on all fronts. Although the attack has been bolstered and depth has been added in the midfield, there are still question marks at wing-back and with the depth in defense.
If the goal is top four and a solid cup run, then sure, this team should be able to handle that charge. However, if the goal is to finish in the top three in the league and win at least one cup, more depth is likely required.
Eventually, the window will close, real games will begin, and our questions will be answered, whether or not we like the answers, which is a different story.