This is still the time for optimism.
Jim Furyk has described him as a "marked man".
Sitting in a hotel room in Australia in June watching England play the Springboks on television is not an experience Andy Farrell is keen to repeat.
This was a refreshing night for Arsenal as an unfamiliar line-up laid on entertainment in this Capital One Cup tie.
At first glance Pavel Pogrebnyak can appear a brute of a forward, all muscular presence and awkward upper body strength to batter opponents mercilessly into submission.
Wayne Rooney will hope his season now starts in earnest.
What a great surprise it was to find a new theatre not in theatreland. And one showing a truly amazing play.