I think quite a lot of fans suspected it, and it now seems pretty certain that we’ll have to start next season with a home game or two at Wembley.
We have until Friday evening to make a final decision on the matter, but all the indications suggest we are going to confirm to the FA that we’ll to need to play some matches under the arch for a second season.
How much this will affect the football on the pitch, I am not going to speculate too much. There will be some disruption there is no doubt. From August, we will be playing all of our fixtures away as we head into the international break in September.
That will almost certainly happen. From there though, things are less clear-cut. Currently, it seems that we are looking at playing one game at Wembley before moving into the new ground.
Construction could, however, delay things further and force us into a more lengthy residency. That uncertainty would probably be the most disruptive to Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
Playing at Wembley itself won’t be a problem as last season showed, but having to play away from home to start the season, switching to the national stadium and then moving into a new home mid-way through the campaign is a lot to take on board, for both the fans and the players.
Daniel Levy and the club have a lot of complications themselves to work out here. With season tickets already sold for the new facilities, there will be a push to get us into the shiny new £850m ground as soon as possible.
On the footballing side of things though, is it best to delay further until after Christmas to ensure everything is ready? I trust the club to make the right decision here but I think we are justified to be a bit worried about how this will all play out.