Hugo Lloris arrived at Tottenham on deadline day for £12.3m, but the France international goalkeeper has not been told by his new manager Andre Villas-Boas that he is the guaranteed first choice.
Now on France duty, quotes by the Daily Mirror pick up his irritation that he might face a spell on the sidelines.
“Obviously it’s never nice, but we’ll see when we return to work on Wednesday.
“When I join up with the national team I concentrate uniquely on that and we’ll see about my personal situation as soon as I go back.”
Paper Round is going to let you in on a little media trick here – when nothing is happening, the press make a meal out of what scraps of news there are.
Brad Friedel had a superb game for Spurs last time the team took to the field – a match for which Lloris was not yet registered – and Villas-Boas suggested that people who played well deserved a chance to continue in the side.
That becomes (on the Mirror's website at least) - 'AVB’s latest David Brent moment' – complete with picture of Ricky Gervais in The Office from 10 years ago.
Some other David Brent moments they document including AVB having a ‘tempestuous’ relationship with Jose Mourinho and criticising Petr Cech’s distribution. Zing.
Speaking of Chelsea, John Terry was confirmed to be too injured to face Ukraine in England’s World Cup qualifier tomorrow night over the weekend.
The story hasn’t moved along very far, so the press’ thoughts turn to whether he might face QPR at the weekend. And hold on – doesn’t Anton Ferdinand play for them?
‘Terry determined to play in grudge game’ barks the Mirror – ramping up the tension of a match soured a year ago by an allegation of racial abuse against Terry by Ferdinand.
Given that the fallout has seen the England captain lose his armband, the England manager walk away from the job, a court case several months after the event and a schism in the national team – and is still unresolved, with Terry contesting an FA charge related to the incident 10 months later – it seems unlikely that the Chelsea defender is talking about a ‘grudge match’.
Sure enough, there are no quotes – presumably Terry just wants to be fit for his next game.
With news days like this, is it any surprise that people were enjoying the feel-good story of the Olympics and Paralympics keeping football off the back pages?
There are at least a couple of good news line elsewhere in the papers.
Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov says he is ‘heading in the right direction’ now his acute leukaemia is in remission, according to The Sun.
The club have also moved to confirm that their new signing Christian Benteke took no part in a car-jacking incident in Belgium last year – standard statement for any new transfer, presumably.
While the Metro have a couple of transfer titbits – firstly, Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez is debating whether to sign a new deal at the club with Tottenham and Arsenal keen on the services of the 24-year-old.
The paper also says Jermaine Jenas will be moved on by Villas-Boas in a loan to Leeds United. That’s probably just what David Brent would have done.