"As Arsene Wenger warned before this match, it is not easy fitting so many new faces into a team," Smith told The Telegraph. "Problems arise in terms of understanding and direction, qualities Paulinho and co noticeably struggled for once Arsenal went ahead.
"It will not, of course, always be like this. Franco Baldini and Daniel Levy, director of football and chairman respectively, do indeed seem to have moved very smartly. Spurs have acquired a collection of players, most fairly young, who should only get better as this season progresses.
"It bodes well for a future without Gareth Bale. Despite this defeat, Villas-Boas should have the tools to do a good job, one that might even involve finishing above Arsenal in May."