When Gareth Bale left Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas had the money to buy just about anyone.
He forgot to buy goals.
The Beatles said that money can't buy love. But goals buy love for a manager and there is a growing suspicion that Spurs are all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton - a pivotal fixture where a win would have lifted either side up to second - served only to demonstrate the striking deficiencies of both sides.
Roberto Martinez's men earn the benefit of the doubt, considering they operate on a fraction of Tottenham's budget and rely mostly on loan signing Romelo Lukaku.
Spurs are a different kettle of finances. They can flatter. But they no longer deceive.
Everton maintain a proud unbeaten home record that extends to last December, but Tottenham's attacking depth and first-half dominance should have ripped that record to ribbons.
More than £100 million ($198m) has been spent on a Spurs side that still strangely lack dynamism, ingenuity and any real sense of menace in the penalty box.