There are now just ten days until the 2011-12 Premier League starts. And what a season it should be!
Of the the three teams that have been promoted from the Championship, Swansea City are debutants and Norwich City and QPR return after long and sometimes painful absences. For The Canaries, it has been six years and for The Hoops, 15.
Then there's the title race: the holders Manchester United, dominant in the league for the two decades since its inception, a Chelsea team under the guidance of another exciting young Portuguese coach and big-spending Manchester City who are looking to usurp their bitter city rivals.
Liverpool and Sunderland have also recruited heavily and will be looking to gain entry into the UEFA Champions League and Europa League respectively.
But there are certain clubs, notably North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, which have expended too much energy fending off the vultures greedily circling their star players and have been unable to really strengthen their teams.
There is still time remaining to put the finishing touches to 25-man squads, but also the danger that players whose price tags are already inflated will be the subject of end-of-month auctions, which could put them out of the reach of clubs with more regulated wage structures such as Spurs.
The transfer rumours are filling up serious column space today as I bring you news of a Spurs midfielder who could move to another Premier League club for £10 million, the latest news on the futures of influential Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Spurs playmaker Luka Modric and also an intriguing article linking a player who shared last year's Golden Boot to a move to PSG.