Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas needs to decide on his best XI fast, according to former Tottenham man Graham Roberts

Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has claimed that Andre Villas-Boas needs to make a decision over who his starting XI and stick to it if the manager hopes to become a success.

Villas-Boas has a plethora of midfielders available and after making eight signings in the summer it would appear that he is yet to give many of his players a regular starting position.

And after the side were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City at the weekend he has had his tactics questioned, leading Roberts to argue that if he could be more consistent with his selections the Portuguese tactician would find more consistency.

"Never lose faith," Roberts told Talksport. "But I wish he wouldn't swap the team around so much. I don't think we've had the same team in two games running.

"If you're going to get a connection between players you need to play your best team and I'm not sure AVB knows his best team. He's still trying to find that.

"We've got £110million worth of players and no-one knows what the best system is. All the staff need to say we go 4-3-3 or 4-4-2, but we have to get the ball to [Roberto] Soldado so he's coming onto the ball, not going away from it all the time.

"The players have to stand up and be counted. Get it right, get the system right, with AVB, because we have good players."

Tottenham's signings over the summer were believed to be the perfect tonic for a side who knew they would be seriously missing Gareth Bale's skills this season. But without the Welsh winger they have struggled in front of the net and only scored nine goals in 12 league games this season.

With January rolling around the side are believed to be considering spending big once more in their bid to qualify for Champions League football but with Villas-Boas currently undecided over his current squad it would appear that the coming month will be particularly important as he aims to show Daniel Levy he's still the right man for the job.