You know what? I'm going to try to be an optimist. As avid readers of the Ignorant Fan's column can attest to, I was immensely confused by Boro's purchases this summer. However, I am going to believe in the club. I am going to believe that Karanka's fights with senior players in March have been forgiven and forgotten...
With inflated prices for top players at an all time high, and competition for those stars even higher, wealth is now the trickiest simplicity in the modern game. As September edges ever closer, it will be those without the aptitude to manoeuvre in this market who will perish against the financial might of the Premier League's elite.
I'm quite impressed with Mourinho's PR this summer. His arrival was greeted with questions about whether his inevitable sh*thousery would gel with the supposedly pristine image of Manchester United (not including Rooney and Giggs' infidelity issues, Keane's deliberate maiming of opponents and Fergie's constant whining of course). To counteract these doubts he is going out and buying any and all players with a rating of over 85 in FIFA 16.
What we need now is a politician brave enough to address the poisonous malaise. During the Leave campaign, we were fed lies and propaganda. This week, we had Boris Johnson thumbing his nose at us with the "punchline" that he wouldn't stand in the leadership race. It will take a lot to get us out of this mess, but let's hope that now, finally, there'll be a candidate who can put self-aggrandisement aside, admit that we're living in a fractured society, and start tackling this.
Attention shifts to the Saturday's match with Sunderland, a game Spurs must win to get the league campaign back on track. The Black Cats look just the sort of side that Spurs should sweep aside especially as they have found it very hard to get goals this season... Defoe tends to score on his debuts. If he does so on Saturday, we can expect the most muted of celebrations.