It may seem strange declaring this after just four games in and especially after the inconsistent starts from Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Man Utd, but Tottenham will not finish in the top four this season and look to worst equipped after Everton to do so.
Of the four games they have played, two games have stood out and highlighted Tottenham's deficiencies: the first being the massacre against Liverpool.
Liverpool were largely on top from beginning to end, however, there was a crucial stage of the game at 1-0, just before the first half ended where Tottenham were on top.
Spurs failed to capitalise and when the second half begun, they lost all momentum and rolled over as Liverpool seized the initiative, tripling their initial lead.
Compare this to the reaction of Arsenal's against Man City and it is clear to see Tottenham do not have the courage to dig deep when the tide is turning.
Last season Spurs not only lost all their matches against equal or superior opposition (except for the first game against Chelsea), they were battered in most. They seem to carry an inferiority complex against these teams, it without a shadow of a doubt cost them the Champions League last season and it will again this season.
The second reason they will not is due to their weakness in the defensive midfield positions. Tottenham currently register 22.3 tackles per game and 15 interceptions per game - enough to put them 7th and 6th - so far no problem.
Yet somehow when it comes to shots conceded per game, Spurs shoot up to 7th highest - by far the highest ranking team out of the top 4 contenders.
The problem lies with how Spurs are being bypassed in the middle. Etienne Capoue has made the most interceptions (2.8 per game) yet has also been dribbled around the most (1.3 per game), suggesting he has an issue getting back into position once he has stepped out of position to deal with an issue.
The game against Liverpool is the best example of this as the opening goal and the final goal were scored via breakaways with Spurs players chasing shadows.
The problem is further exacerbated as Tottenham are by far the worst club in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial challenges. They've won just 9.8 per game suggesting they often lose 'second balls' and with it exposing their already weak centre.
Add in their weak spirit, then against top teams like Chelsea who combine guile with strength, Tottenham could be in for a world of trouble.