Different manager, same old problems.

That is what the majority of Tottenham fans will no doubt be thinking after a 3-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday effectively ended any lingering hopes of Champions League football for next season.

There is no doubt that Spurs have been more entertaining to watch under Ryan Mason than they had been under Jose Mourinho, and they had started positively under the 29-year-old's interim reign with two wins in two Premier League games.

But the manner of the loss to Leeds shows that Mourinho's negativity and alienation of key players was just the tip of the iceberg in the huge issues that are blighting the club at the moment.

Tottenham fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Leeds
Tottenham fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Leeds

There were some rays of light at Elland Road, with Dele Alli showing a glimpse of his genius of old to beautifully set up Son Heung-Min for Spurs' first-half equaliser, while Harry Kane looked as bright as ever and Hugo Lloris impressed to keep the scoreline down.

Yet there is still such a fragility and lack of confidence within the team, and once again their defence crumbled in the big moments to allow first Stuart Dallas, then Patrick Bamford and finally Rodrigo to score three relatively simple goals.

The result means Spurs remain four points behind Chelsea having played a game more, and with the end of the season just two weeks away they essentially have nothing left but pride to play for.

It seemed especially poignant that this latest disappointing display came on the two-year anniversary of the greatest moment in Spurs' recent history, with the sensational Ajax Champions League semi-final victory in 2019 now nothing but a fading memory.

Both on and off the pitch the club have dramatically regressed ever since that famous night, and their decision to charge supporters £60 for their final home game of the season against Aston Villa has merely added insult to injury in their part in the European Super League farce.

Ryan Mason's chances of being given the job permanently were dealt a big blow
Ryan Mason's chances of being given the job permanently were dealt a big blow

While Mason is clearly a popular figure, he is surely too inexperienced to deal with the creaking squad he has inherited, and an experienced, strong new managerial appointment is essential if Spurs are to get anywhere near back to where they were two years ago.

For now, however, they look a shadow of their former selves, and it will be worth keeping an eye on the planned protests against Daniel Levy and ENIC on May 15 to see just how strongly Spurs fans feel about the direction their club is heading in.

Amsterdam seems a long, long time ago.