Tottenham go into this Premier League weekend with a tricky away trip at Swansea City knowing three points is vital in order to keep their top four hopes alive.
Spurs head into the Christmas period on the back of an inconsistent run with the form at White Hart Lane a cause for real concern.
Mauricio Pochettino has struggled during his first six months in charge, having not being backed in the same nature as his predecessors and having been unable to get his methods across as quickly as he would have liked with the crowded schedule of Europa League and Premier League football.
Goals have been a major cause for concern with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor failing to fire whilst the host of summer signings from 2013 have struggled to gel any better than under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.
It is clear there is still plenty of work to be done if Tottenham are to achieve a top four finish any time soon, work that must start in the January transfer window.
But there is time left before then with a hectic Christmas schedule to come – and Tottenham fans will tell you that leaves plenty of time for things to go wrong.
Here we have identified five ‘worst case scenarios’ over the coming weeks.