Five-point plan to lift Spurs faltering fortunes

Tottenham's defeat to Aston Villa yesterday meant their worst start to a season in 34 years. This is what head coach Juande Ramos needs to do to turn their faltering campaign around.  

1 Time on the training ground  

New signings Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka barely had time to get to know their new team-mates before the Villa match. Ramos feels the transfer window has denied him a pre-season and they are playing catch-up.

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2 Beef-up Luka Modric  

The Croatia playmaker, signed for £16.5million this summer, has looked lightweight carrying the ball and needs to adapt to the physical side of the Premier League.  

3 Keep Ledley King fit  

Spurs look a different proposition when their captain is at centre-back alongside Jonathan Woodgate. His knee has to be assessed constantly and if he gets a run of games he would tighten Ramos' backline.

4 Decide where to play David Bentley  

Bentley has arguably the best delivery in the Premier League but has been moved inside or to the left so far this season. Aaron Lennon has pace but Bentley would provide better service from the right. 

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5 Keep faith in Heurelho Gomes  

The goalkeeper may have been at fault for Ashley Young's goal at White Hart Lane, but Villa would have been out of sight if it was not for the Brazilian's saves.

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