Last term there were back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Manchester United at the end of the month. After a nice run of games, including wins over Everton and Manchester United, the Hammers looked to be a team on the rise heading into the worldwide break. Jan Vertonghen is out until at least December, Christian Eriksen is struggling through a persistent niggle and depth players Victor Wanyama and Danny Rose both picked up knocks while on global duty.
"It's easy to say 'we're going to sign three players and oh look, the people are happy because we signed.' But if we don't need the players who are available then why are we going to sign them?" Now we have a chance to add more.
"After we lost some games [it] started to make a big impact in the perception".
Tottenham will be looking to continue their torrid start to the Premier League season - though they will hope the others at the top will slow their own paces. 'It is so important to have almost all the squad fit to compete and give us options to rotate and share the games'.
"I am not happy with that because we are fifth in the table and the ambition is to be on the top but, at the same time, we are realistic and with all the circumstances we suffered in the summer with the World Cup and everything".
This will be a tough game for Tottenham.
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Erik Lamela's goal condemned West Ham to a sixth Premier League defeat of the season but they certainly had their chances to earn at least a point, with Marko Arnautovic forcing three good saves from Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham now sits fifth in the Premier League - two points back of Man City for first place.
There have been 28 goals in the past eight meetings - 3.5 goals per game on average. Spurs, in particular, need a win to keep pace with the clubs ahead of them in the Premier League table.
West Ham are winless in seven London league derbies since beating Chelsea last December (D5, L2).
Lamela has had torrid luck with injuries since joining Spurs from Roma in 2013, but Saturday's victor was his 10th goal involvement - seven goals and three assists - in his last nine appearances across all competitions.