Much was made over Tottenham's unsuccessful pursuit of Saido Berahino in the summer transfer window, with the North London side surely expecting a deal to get done at some point, and a picture of their Europa League squad list certainly shows why Daniel Levy was so eager to get the deal done.
Of course, the blame game that has emerged from both clubs and the player as the move crashed has indicated that the striker's transfer was a deal that looked to be difficult from the off.
Where that leaves Spurs is drastically short in the attacking positions, even though there were reports that the club website adjusted new signing Heung-min Son's profile to fit in the attacking ranks rather than midfield.
Tottenham were over reliant on Harry Kane last season, when the 22-year-old was firing on all cylinders and backed up by the established, if struggling Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor. Now the Spaniard is sold, Adebayor is nowhere near the first team, and the club have two young forwards in their place who would probably rather play out wide or deeper than as the lone striker Mauricio Pochettino employs.
This major problem in the squad was summed up by a screen grab of the group of players Spurs submitted to Uefa for the Europa League group stages, from the Uefa website.
With Adebayor not selected, despite there being two positions available, Tottenham's squad list boasts nine defenders, eleven midfielders and just one striker, Kane:
Spurs' attacking options look a bit thin... pic.twitter.com/JQdh9D9wmk— Chris Growser (@Growserman) September 3, 2015
It is reminiscent of the club's squad list for the MLS All-Stars match in pre-season, when Kane was the only striker selected. Then, Tottenham fans would have been sure that at least one centre forward would arrive, but as it turns out, and according to the list Uefa have from Spurs, that is not the case.