Were it not for their Indiana Jones style baseball slide underneath the almost-closed transfer window with Danny Welbeck in tow, Arsenal would’ve been candidates for the transfer window’s biggest loser.
By bolstering their frontline with the former Manchester United man, though, the Gunners shifted the ignominy across north London to Tottenham.
Ben Davies aside, Spurs failed to land all of their top targets, with Mateo Musacchio, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Welbeck all eluding Mauricio Pochettino this summer.
In addition to this, they were also unable to rid their wage bill of expensive underperformers Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue.
What little funds they had were squandered on replacing captain Michael Dawson with Federico Fazio – a slightly taller, slightly pricier, almost identical alternative – while Michel Vorm was drafted in to compete with Brad Friedel for a place on the bench.
These underwhelming excursions into the transfer market have done nothing to enhance the value of the 5/2 about the Lilywhites landing that tough-to-tame fourth place finish they’re forever chasing, with the 7/25 about them missing out again a far better bet.
Deciphering the transfer window’s biggest success story, however, is a much tougher task.
Chelsea would be the obvious choice, having added world-class talent to the areas they were most notably lacking in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, though Manchester City also spent wisely in addressing their biggest flaws from the previous campaign.
Hull made some exciting signings, though the timing arguably cost them a place in the Europa League.
But the accolade for smoothest operator in the summer transfer window goes to Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.
High-profile sales of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw reaped rewards to the tune of £73m and all were replaced with cheaper alternatives without compromising on quality.
Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand came in to play left-back, La Liga and Eredivisie-conquering centre-back Toby Alderweireld was also added along with FC Twente’s attacking-midfield extraordinaire Dusan Tadic to fill the Lallana void.
Problems in goal and up front were eradicated through Fraser Forster and Graziano Pelle’s respective arrivals, while in keeping Schneiderlin, it can be argued that the Saints managed to hang on to their best player despite the mass overhaul.