Daniel Levy has been the subject of heavy criticism at Tottenham in recent weeks. And it's the same every transfer window when it comes to crunch time.
The north London side always want to pay too little for players that offer too little on the pitch - and, even then, things are always left far too late. Just like now. But one thing the Tottenham chairman is praised for is his selling ability. Levy received a world-record fee for Gareth Bale and was lauded for the manner in which Paulinho was sold this summer.
It is another sale, however, that may seem most impressive now with hindsight. At the same time, it may be the worst signing of the transfer window for the team that paid Spurs money for this player: Sunderland.
Indeed, Younes Kaboul didn't play for the Black Cats on Saturday afternoon and it was no coincidence that their defence looked markedly better.
Last season, it took the Frenchman several games to lose his place in the Tottenham starting XI. The decision to drop him was also delayed due to him being handed the captaincy at the start of the campaign. But, after two disastrous performances, and one much improved one without him, could Kaboul already be at risk of losing his place in the Sunderland side?
There may be those who say he *will* get better with time. Tottenham fans know from both Kaboul and the case of Erik Lamela, though, that waiting for someone to improve can often take up a lot of time indeed. That's something Sunderland simply can't afford in their current predicament.