Finally, after years of waiting (OK, three months) the Premier League season is back upon us again this Saturday.
Well it feels like a lifetime, after a summer that has not had any real competitive football action – without the presence of a Euros or a World Cup to pass away the lonely, dark Asian nights.
So who will be the knights to shine our amour? Robin van Persie will no doubt spearhead the Red Army once again, his brace in the Community Shield at the weekend confirming that the forces of Manchester United are very dependent on his firepower.
The Gunners of Arsenal, on the other hand, seriously need some added bite into their attack, which probably accounts for their hot pursuit of Luis Suarez, although Olivier Giroud has actually found the location of the net recently.
According to the number one song from Abba, there was something in the air for Fernando – personally I believe that, in the case of Torres, it was something in his hair that accounted for his insipid and inconsistent form in front of goal.
When those blonde locks were flowing like Rod Stewart swinging from a Wembley crossbar, Torres was almost unplayable at Liverpool. Then he had a haircut and his sharpness was blunted quicker than you can say a barber’s grade one.
Chelsea now have a choice of armoury that can all challenge the Spanish pin-up striker, Demba Ba-rber (sorry), Mourinho’s first signing Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku all look lucrative additions to a Chelsea side that has arguably the best midfield in the country.
Manchester City can reasonably argue against that aforementioned statement, with the likes of Toure, Silva and Navas the supporting central cast to Aguero, Dzeko and Negredo, and they are in my book the big guns in this forthcoming campaign.
Even without the potential bite of Suarez, Liverpool might actually be able to deliver a blow to their opponents defences with more penetration, as Daniel Sturridge finished last season in fine goal-scoring style and recent acquisition Iago Aspas has started this season’s friendlies in much the same manner.
Tottenham have Jermaine Defoe to scare the enemy and have added Roberto Soldado, just in case Gareth Bale does decide to do an Italian, and change sides halfway through a contract. Soldado, by the way, does look a snip at £26 million ($40 million), and could turn out to be a cut above Adebayor.
However, I expect it to be Sergio Aguero to lead from the front and steal a march on his Premiership goal scoring rivals and, at around 8-1 to be top EPL goalscorer, to land a late Christmas present at Easter time next spring, providing he does not get wounded along the way.
Bob Morton is a British journalist now based in Singapore. He has a first class degree in media and was previously a correspondent for Ladbrokes Racing.