The move for Carroll? Publicity stunt to sell season tickets, nothing more; as if we would pay £100k a week given the new £40k per week pay structure. Wrong!
No chance of signing a flair player with Allardyce in charge. Yossi? Not a cat in hell's chance! Wrong!
A season of depressing lump ball football ahead, utterly attritional stuff; get ready for a neck brace. Wrong!
There will still be miseries out there moaning that Carroll isn't worth the money but that misses the point. His signing gave the entire club a lift - like Nolan's signing last season. Suddenly the management, the players and the fans are looking forward optimistically, not looking backwards in terror. Six points in the bag already. Six precious, precious, precious points. And apart from at left back, we have competition for places!
It will not be an easy ride, nobody would be stupid enough to suggest that, but at least we are now at the races, and the squad Allardyce has assembled is at least the equal of, and almost certainly better than, the squad Pardew had when he led us to ninth place and an FA Cup Final. No predictions, they are dangerous, but for now, at least, we can dream!
By the way, where are Tottenham in the table?