Funny game football isn't it?
This time last year we were looking forward to Alan Shearer's farewell season alongside England star Michael Owen now we go into today's game against Levadia Tallinn with Antoine Sibierski leading the line for Newcastle.
OK, it is not the big-name signing everybody wanted.
But can you blame the Frenchman for nearly snapping Glenn Roeder's hand off?
Be easy if we had a crystal ball to see what the cut-price last gasp move to Tyneside will turn out like.
But we haven't, United cannot sign anyone else until January and we have to get on with it.
Sibierski has already told us he will give it his all, and although Temuri Ketsbaia was certainly not the best player to don a black and white shirt in the club's history, he certainly gave it his all.
I can see similarties here, not because of the hair loss, but an overseas player who arrives at a club with big expectations without any expectation from the Toon fans, get the drift?
Forget what Man City fans are saying, remember the way Jon Dahl Tomasson looked like a world beater after Newcastle at AC Milan?
Sibierski hasn't come here as a big name but has vowed to give it his all.
Importantly for him and the fans - he wants to be here.
And there is a sad list of players you can't say that about in the last few years isn't there?
Let's hope Sibierski bursts the net on his debut tonight.
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