He is Tottenham's club-record signing, but his first season at White Hart Lane didn't go to plan for himself or the club... he's yet to get off the mark goalscoring wise in competitive action, he certainly has a point to prove - not only to the fans but maybe even to himself as next season fast approaches.
Each team will sign a player at one stage or another who just simply fails to perform. He may not adapt to the side's style of play, he may not get enough time on the field or he may inexplicably lose all footballing ability, what's known as doing a Torres. Here are five players who can relate to this and need to leave their current clubs as soon as possible if they hope to shine again.
A performance in a pre-season friendly isn't completely meaningless, but it's as close as a football match can get. Even if the games are played at the intensity of a league match (a big 'if', although some of this summer's games got close), there's so much less pressure on the matches that everything must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Spurs may not be throwing the money around like they did last summer, but they are solidifying key areas, while trimming the fat off a squad that needed to be cut down... The north London side have spent wisely so far as the new boss strives to improve them defensively and the players brought in seem to adequately match the needs of the Argentine.
There are still good reasons for Southampton fans to be optimistic that their club has the ingredients in place to remain a force in the Premier League... Saints should rest safe in the knowledge that they have recovered from worse situations previously and will do so this time around, too.
Recent reports suggests Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will follow the quintet out of the St. Mary's exit door, though Saints are adamant both players aren't for sale... but the loss of Schneiderlin would arguably be the bigger blow to the team.
The Saints' transfer strategy of effectively announcing an "everything must go" clearance sale is questionable to say the least. They could be planning to reinvest wisely, or perhaps the prospect of being relegated for inadvertent owner Katharina Liebherr is not particularly terrifying strapped into a £60 million parachute.
Paulinho isn't putting in displays that resemble a player that transferred for £17m last summer. With Brazil now at the last-16 stage, and up against a Chile side hell bent on pressing teams into submission, Scolari would be wise to drop the Spurs midfielder to the bench and, judging from his cameo against Cameroon, start Fernandinho alongside Gustavo in midfield.
Given the technical ability, youthful vigour and sheer athleticism in Tottenham's squad at present, there is reason to believe their players will be as capable of executing Pochettino's philosophy as effectively as Southampton...
Pochettino favours the high tempo, pressing game and that's something we haven't seen at The Lane for a long time. If he could put out a team week in week out that looks like it's hungry for the ball then I'll be happy.
While Holtby isn't quite the finished package, he's clearly improving with playing time. His utilisation by Magath is allowing him to display his qualities to the watching world and undoubtedly has Spurs fans rubbing their hands with excitement for his return to White Hart Lane once the season reaches its climax.
Before Sunderland travelled to White Hart Lane on Monday, one commenter posed as absurd the fact that the two teams should both have former Tottenham players managing them but Spurs, undoubtedly the better of the two teams, should have the worse of the two.
Perhaps André Villas-Boas' biggest mistake as Tottenham head coach was to not utilise Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese has previously been recognised as a disruptive dressing room influence, yet, under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, has shown why he deserves a starting spot at White Hart Lane.
Proud Canaries officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner. I was not only invited and treated like a queen, but I was asked to be an Honorary Chair, having my Black Heart Label Equality fashion brand's logo on their banner to help fight against discrimination.
A few months ago I wrote a summary of Cardiff City's summer transfer activity. Now all the players brought in have had a chance to show what they can do, I feel a quick progress report is in order...
2014 promises much in the way of sport, and now that the unfathomably elongated Festive period- after which people cease eating all day long and work again - has finally come to an end, we can get on with it.