A tumultuous transfer window saw American star Clint Dempsey all but on his way to Merseyside to become a Red. He longed for a club with realistic Champion's League aspirations, and he believed Liverpool were the side to give that to him.
His desire to leave the Cottagers became so great that manager Martin Jol had to leave him off of the team sheets. Dempsey never started a Premier League game for Fulham this season.
His story wouldn't find a resolution until the final day of the transfer window. Liverpool were finally able to offload the likes of Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing. They even sent Andy Carroll out on loan. Everything seemed to be falling into place for Dempsey.
Then Fenway Sports Group happened. In all their infinite wisdom, they apparently decided that Fulham's asking price was too much and they weren't going to meet it. In stepped Andres Villas-Boas, and before the night was through, Dempsey was wearing a Tottenham Jersey.
After making good on the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, AVB made Dempsey one of his final signings in a very active transfer window for Spurs that also saw Dempsey's midfield partner from Fulham, Moussa Dembele, come to White Hart Lane as well.
Dempsey, or Deuce, as his underground rap name has come to be known, was a revelation for Fulham last season if not an anomaly. The 29-year-old scored 23 times for the Cottagers last season and finished among the leagues top 10, the only midfielder to do so.
This season, Dempsey has only managed one goal in three league appearances for Spurs, but it will go down as one of the more important goals in Spurs history. It was the Deuce's first goal against Manchester United, and it was the goal that gave Spurs their first win at Old Trafford in more than 20 years.
Following are a few reasons why Dempsey's scoring this season has only just begun. He has the potential to put in a double-digit performance in an already crowded attacking side this season.