Tottenham Hotspur fans have been insisting on it for months: If Spurs can just land one quality striker during the transfer window, then all will be sunshine and rainbows at White Hart Lane.
One big signing, one big name—that's all Tottenham would need to cure the sickness of their offense that haunted them in the late stages of the last campaign.
As we all waited in agony, following every shred of a rumor with incredible interest and devotion to the cause, a horrifying concern began to emerge: Spurs weren't getting a striker at all. All would be lost. There was no movement on any front.
And then, in the final days of the transfer window, the season was saved. Spurs finally announced the loan acquisition of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. White Hart Lane would feature a new striker after all. Halle-freakin'-luja.
Looking back, it all seems so ridiculous now. As though Adebayor could have single-handedly saved us from the embarrassment of the second-half implosion Spurs faced a week ago at Old Trafford. As though one new face would have stopped the outright thrashing handed to us at home by Manchester City's firing squad.
Spurs may have desperately needed a striker this transfer season, but it's now abundantly clear that they needed so much more than that to have a legitimate shot at a top-four spot.
Grade Tottenham's transfer season (thus far, of course).
That's something that the fans seem to have been missed. That's something that everybody running the show at White Hart Lane seems to have missed.
In their desperate fumbling around to pick up that one major acquisition to supposedly make all the worries disappear, they forgot that the rest of the squad was just as present, and just as responsible, for every failure that saw Tottenham drop to fifth place by the end of 2010-11.
It was fun, sure, to spend the summer dreaming of the magical days when the fabled "quality striker" could bring us guaranteed success. But those days are over, and Edin Dzeko has yanked us back to reality in the most eye-opening manner imaginable.
That reality is simple: even with Adebayor up front, even with Brad Friedel in goal and even with the potential additions of Lassana Diarra and Scott Parker still to come, Spurs are not good enough.
Chances are, Tottenham will improve tremendously over their two devastating defeats as the weeks go on. They have far too much talent to continue at this rate, after all. And I can't help but think a large share of the current problem exists on the mental side of things rather than the physical.
But the holes are still gaping, and the weaknesses are still clearer than ever. And they're weaknesses that should have been addressed over the three months that Spurs had to address them. But we dreamed instead, dreamed of the striker that would save us all.
At this rate, Adebayor hardly feels like a solution to anything. I sincerely hope he realizes that the fools who squandered Tottenham's transfer season fully expect him to somehow be the solution to everything.