EPL: No goals, no titles

EPL: No goals, no titles



When Gareth Bale left Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas had the money to buy just about anyone.

He forgot to buy goals.

The Beatles said that money can't buy love. But goals buy love for a manager and there is a growing suspicion that Spurs are all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton - a pivotal fixture where a win would have lifted either side up to second - served only to demonstrate the striking deficiencies of both sides.

Roberto Martinez's men earn the benefit of the doubt, considering they operate on a fraction of Tottenham's budget and rely mostly on loan signing Romelo Lukaku.

Spurs are a different kettle of finances. They can flatter. But they no longer deceive.

Everton maintain a proud unbeaten home record that extends to last December, but Tottenham's attacking depth and first-half dominance should have ripped that record to ribbons.

More than £100 million ($198m) has been spent on a Spurs side that still strangely lack dynamism, ingenuity and any real sense of menace in the penalty box.

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