At this time last week, I would have guessed that striker Steven Fletcher would be involved in Sunderland's home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday that ended in a 2-2 draw.
His inch-perfect pass that set up Ikechi Anya's equalizing goal in Scotland's gallant effort vs. mighty Germany -- the Germans eventually pulled out a 2-1 win -- will have given a huge boost to his confidence.
Perhaps I should have realised it was not to be when The Guardian's Scotland-Germany match report failed...
Damn the international break. We had to wait nearly two weeks to see those players signed in the witching hour of the summer transfer window play for their new clubs.
ESPN FC runs down the deadline-day debutants who made their bow over the Premier League weekend. Was it worth the wait?
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal vs Manchester City) 6/10
Perhaps the chance came too early in his Gunners career but Welbeck...