If Harry Redknapp does pull off a deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor and can restore the appetite the striker had during the 2007-08 season at Arsenal then he will have conducted a fantastic piece of business for Tottenham Hotspur.
However, there is real risk attached to Adebayor. Will the Tottenham fans, who have abused him in the past, take to him? If not, how will he react? Will he sulk and throw his toys out of the pram? He can be an unpredictable figure.
Adebayor's best period was the season before he signed his new contract at Arsenal and scored 30 goals in all competitions. After he was rewarded with an improved deal in the summer of 2008 he seemed to think it was job done. Strangely his legs seemed to turn to jelly as he just didn't want to work hard any more.
He decided to leave for Manchester City, who then subsequently shipped him off to Real Madrid. Though he finished the Spanish season by scoring a hat-trick at the Bernabeu in May, Madrid never took to Adebayor and decided against signing him on a permanent deal. Jose Mourinho needs all the help he can get at Madrid, he isn't winning many fans at present, so he needs players who the fans are behind. Adebayor isn't one of those.
Tottenham fans may also find it hard to take to him as they will no doubt have in the back of their minds that he is ex-Arsenal. That means he must hit the ground running. It is simple as that. He will have no time to settle down and get into his stride as the supporters will be unforgiving. If he signs for Spurs, Adebayor needs to score goals from the outset and demonstrate he is fully committed to the cause.
That is why a season-long loan makes sense, even if his wages will be substantial. City bring players to the club on such big money so it is no surprise that they are having trouble in shifting the men on the periphery of their squad. Players like Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz are still there, picking up their paycheques. They will be relieved to have Adebayor off the wage bill and it is a deal that in all likelihood will suit all parties.
He will bring another dimension to the Spurs attack, although Harry's problem was not really about goalscorers last season: he had Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe.
His problem was an inability to settle on one player. He kept mucking about with his frontline and due to the form of Rafael van der Vaart in the hole he was unable to play two strikers in conjunction with each other. If you look at Pavlyuchenko, in terms of the goals he has scored and his experience, he is probably the best forward in the club and he never gets a run in the team.
If Adebayor arrives then surely Crouch will go. You can't have two big guys like that in the squad. If Harry doesn't get rid of a forward then he will have a major headache. He had too many players last season and in the end a lack of continuity cost Spurs as they failed to reach the Champions League.
This is an important season for Harry. He took Spurs into the Champions League quarter-finals last season but the supporters and the chairman will feel they should have been in the group stages this season as well. He failed to achieve that, but if Spurs have pretensions of being a big club then they having to be competing at that level on a regular basis.
The signing of Adebayor will help, but only if Harry can keep him happy and get the best out of a temperamental talent.
Game of the weekend: Sunderland v Newcastle
The Tyne-Wear derby opens the weekend and it should be a fascinating match at the Stadium of Light. This fixture finished 1-1 last season so Sunderland still have to avenge the 5-1 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in October.
It will be fiery as always and judging by Sunderland's opening draw against Liverpool, and particularly their second-half performance, Newcastle will be in for a tough time. Steve Bruce has bought well this summer and looks to have a very good squad at his disposal. Time will tell whether his recruits are good additions but the initial signs have been encouraging.
Newcastle, meanwhile, opened with a draw against Arsenal, which was perhaps fortunate given how little they actually had of the ball against Arsene Wenger's men.
Given we are at the start of the season, this match holds extra allure. Perhaps in the middle of the season both teams would be faltering, or one doing better than the other, but on Saturday they go toe-to-toe as equals.
Sadly we will probably be talking about Joey Barton again though. He can't hold his tongue, and can't seem to hold his temper, so could be a liability in the heat of a local derby. Who knows, perhaps he will go on Twitter before the game and say something stupid.
Upset of the weekend: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City
There aren't any obvious potential shocks on the cards this weekend but I fancy Bolton to cause Manchester City some problems at the Reebok Stadium.
They are on the crest of a wave after beating QPR 4-0 on the opening weekend, and while City defeated Swansea by the same scoreline, I wasn't actually that impressed by Roberto Mancini's side, Sergio Aguero aside of course.
Gary Cahill scored against QPR and has been linked with City over the summer, as well as Arsenal and Liverpool.
It is important that Bolton have retained him but there is still time in the transfer window and an impressive performance at the weekend could see some of those suitors make a more concerted effort to sign the centre-back.
Bolton are at home and they will want to make a point after they finished last season so badly, with a dip in form and a heavy loss to Stoke City in the semi-final of the FA Cup.