The Sunderland boss did a lot of business in the market this summer, but failed to secure two of his major targets.
This weekend sees the first set of Premier League fixtures since the end of the summer transfer window. Many teams would have been happy with their business, but some are apparently not, and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is one who is grasping at intentions that he and the Black Cats could not come through on.
Sunderland brought a massive nine players to the club before September's transfer deadline, but despite such reinforcements, two former loan stars were not among them, despite Poyet's best efforts.
Both Liverpool's Fabio Borini and Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso starred for the Black Cats in the previous campaign, and some of the most important business for Poyet this summer was to secure the two on permanent deals ahead of September 1st.
However, those two deals failed to go through, with his chase for Borini particularly frustrating for the Uruguayan.
The former Chelsea player went back to his old club Chelsea for left back Patrick van Aanholt in Alonso's place, while adding Argentinian forward Ricky Alvarez on loan given his inability to conclude a deal for Borini.
And Poyet will now meet up with another club from his past on Saturday, having starred at Tottenham as a player and also while assisting Juande Ramos during his short spell at the helm.
"It's very easy to say that I'm happy because then everybody will be delighted with my words," said Poyet regarding his transfer business, ahead of the match. "But at the same time, I am not happy. I am all right.
"We were expecting to have a certain number of players. We were very close to doing a couple of very important things; we didn't do it. Then we changed slightly and we got different players.
"We tried. We tried our best and what we got was the best we could do. I don't want really to reflect on how it went because it's not fair."
Spurs secured five signings of their own since last season, and two of them, defender Federico Fazio and Benji Stambouli could be set for their debuts at the Stadium of Light. However, there were reports that Mauricio Pochettino was unable to reinforce the club's attacking lineup, despite identifying it as a possible weak spot.