Hopes and fears
For a couple of hours only tonight Newcastle United fans will focus once again on football rather than transfers when they travel to Glanford Park for the second round of the Carling Cup.
So far this season, the Toon Army have not sounded their concerns over what they feel is a serious lack of investment by their side.
But if the Arsenal and Sunderland games are anything to go by, those feelings will be put on hold while Newcastle tackle the Iron tonight in leafy North Lincolnshire.
Yet going into the final week of the window, there are hopes and fears on Tyneside.
If you have had your head in the sand since Andy Carroll was sold, those concerns are about the shape of the squad and the lack of depth which have left many fans worried over what might be a long hard winter ahead.
With Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique long gone and Barton also absent at Glanford Park, some have claimed the heart and soul has been ripped out of the team.
As it stands, Newcastle still have stars like Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote which is at least something to hang their hat on, but arguably nowhere near enough.
Others may argue, that with a French revolution taking place in the Toon locker room and a clutch of promising youngsters coming through such as Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Dan Gosling - plus Hatem Ben Arfa to come back from injury, the future can be bright when things settle down.
Newcastle have snapped up Slyvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan thus far.
The approach in the transfer market has been calculated, sounding out the best deals and trying to unearth potential bargains.
That was the case with Dan Gosling and would have been the case with Neil Taylor until he opted to sit it out at Swansea.
But spending big is out for now, unless there is an unlikely end to the transfer window.
A centre-forward and a left-back remain the underlying worry.
Some are not expecting much from the transfer window and a nervous but anti-climatic closure to deadline day.
Then there are those living in fear...
In fear that we will see another Carroll-type hammer blow right at the death and star men like Coloccini and Tiote flogged without enough time to recover - or be left trawling the soccer scrapheap for another Shefki Kuqi.
In fear that bids will be made but players aren't forced over the line such as in previous windows when Charles N'Zogbia and Kieran Richardson were heavily mooted but weren't recruited in time.
Memories of Joe Kinnear painfully explaining that Newcastle "tried" to sign Richardson from a rival club who were never ever going to sell, have left a psychological mark in the back of this hack's mind.
Then there are some who feel that leaving business to the last in the transfer window will only produce heartache and pain.
It was Alan Pardew who said that while Newcastle are out of the top six and don't spend mega money they are "vulnerable" to bigger fish.
But while his point is valid, they are also vulnerable to the other side of the coin which means that clubs will hike up their prices in the closing stages of the window.
Certainly, Newcastle scored a major fee the other way round when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35million.
The next few days will certainly be interesting, but until business is completed and the final product is there for all to see, nobody can do anything but be drawn to their hopes and fears.