Kyle Walker-Peters, despite a suggestion last week that he's not yet ready for first team action, was in the team at right-back, while the much-maligned former Newcastle man Moussa Sissoko started on the right wing. Possibly the worst signing Spurs have made in recent years.
Blues manager Antonio Conte is reportedly eager to bolster his wing-back options and the arrival of Rose would see Marcos Alonso reduced to being a squad player.
Those questions will fade into the background on Sunday, with St James' Park sure to welcome back Premier League football in typically raucous fashion.
Rose attacked Tottenham's lack of success in the transfer market - they have yet to sign a single player since the end of last season - by suggesting anyone they have bought previously was so unproven "you had to Google them".
This weekend there will be no Kieran Trippier - injured against Juventus in pre-season - and Victor Wanyama is also struggling. And after seven straight FA Cup semi-final defeats surely it's high time we won the Grand Old Trophy, especially while we're at our temporary home.
Harry Kane, last season's Golden Boot victor, could have added more gloss but struck the post late on and his wait for a Premier League goal in August continues.
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Kane will register his 100th goal for the club if he scores in Sunday's Premier League match at Newcastle, a milestone he will have reached in 166 games. It's all the more impressive given the two separate periods he sat on the sidelines for recovering from ankle ligament injuries.
However, Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in August (10 games).
"The balance is the most important".
"No, no, no. It was more outside of the club".
But the biggest reason why Manchester United should not be targeting Danny Rose is that right now, they still have Luke Shaw. When your immediate rivals are comfortably breaking the nine-figure mark while you are doing that, it borders on the irresponsible.
There will be tougher tasks ahead, and the opening exchanges suggested that Spurs still do need an injection of new blood, but for now Pochettino is a very relieved victor.