I did the Spurs match preview and in it I highlighted how pleased I was that we wouldn’t be facing Modric or Adebayor, the two players I rated as Tottenham’s best last season.
Well Modric was left out due to him imminent Real Madrid move and now it has just been announced that Spurs have at last completed a permanent move for Adebayor, thankfully too late for our match and a factor that has helped us get that vital first three points.
On the transfer front generally it seems things are at long last really hotting up with the Adebayor and Modric deals, Song off to Barcelona, Spurs agreeing to sell Michael Dawson for £7.5m to QPR (another one for their collection of very average Premiership misfits).
While on the home front it appears that Douglas is definitely leaving FC Twente with Fulham believed to have matched their asking price of around £4m, the question is though whether Newcastle will follow up their initial interest.
Elsewhere we are still wondering about the likes of Debuchy and Carroll, I’d like to think that there is still every chance of the full-back arriving – his defensive and attacking qualities would give us an extra dimension.
The Carroll story just won’t go away and no wonder, if he did end up back at St.James’ Park it would be an epic moment in Premier League, and indeed Newcastle’s, history.
When even the manager who bought him didn’t play him as first choice, it isn’t the biggest surprise in the world to see Brendan Rodgers overlooking Carroll in favour of others.
He’s bought his own striker, Fabio Borini, to play alongside Suarez and opened the season with those two up front in their demolition at West Brom. In fact Carroll only appeared when the scousers were three down, a man down and then it was as a substitute for substitute Joe Cole who’d came on in front of Carroll.
The rumours also persist that Carroll would welcome coming back to Tyneside and allegedly turned down West Ham.
He’s not wanted at Liverpool and must leave sometime, Newcastle declared their interest earlier in the summer, there is a deal to be done but will Newcastle push the button?
Nine days to go and with players now moving, cash arriving at clubs like Tottenham while Manchester City ominously quiet so far, we wait for 11pm on 31st August with our hopes and fears both intact so far.