Chelsea had to perform a fairly hefty refurbishment job in order to squeeze £23.3m winger Juan Cuadrado into their ranks.
The Colombian was signed from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, but to compensate for his arrival both Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle had to be moved on.
Salah was shipped off to Florence on an 18-month loan deal as a makeweight in the Cuadrado switch, while Schurrle returned to the Bundesliga, joining Wolfsburg on a long-term deal after they agreed to pay £22m for his services.
The departed pair play in a similar position to Chelsea’s latest acquisition, though weakening the squad in terms of numbers to bring him in strikes as something of a false economy.
Cuadrado’s talent was displayed in no uncertain terms at the World Cup, where his express pace and exceptional dribbling skills dazzled spectators unfamiliar with the brilliance he showcased regularly in Serie A.
But despite of these talents, is he good enough to dislodge one of the three conjuring incumbents stationed behind the Blues’ solo striker?
Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian are supremely talented practitioners and, when one of the trio doesn’t play, midfield orchestrator Cesc Fabregas finds himself pushed forward into a number ten role.
Technically, this means the 26-year-old has four players ahead of him in the Stamford Bridge pecking order, three of which, as Schurrle discovered, are essentially undroppable.
Fabregas’ assist-providing ability (he has made 15 in the Premier League so far this season) means when he’s fit, he has to play.
Hazard is another blockbuster player whose threat when dribbling down the left flank and cutting inside is one of Chelsea’s most potent weapons, while Oscar is an invaluable commodity who both creates and scores goals regularly, as stats of six league strikes and seven assists attests.
This leaves Willian, who is often the sacrificial lamb when Fabregas is relocated, as the only man in danger of losing his place.
In terms of attacking contribution, the Brazilian has been pretty poor from his right-wing outpost.
He has recorded just a single top-flight goal and as many set ups so far; a distinctly substandard return for a creative player in a team as strong as Chelsea’s.
However, as has been mentioned many a time, Willian’s work ethic and defensive discipline has rendered him one of Jose Mourinho’s favourites.
Schurrle is a much more reliable source of goals – he bagged three in five league starts this season before leaving the Blues – and, like Cuadrado, he was one of the standout players of the World Cup.
Yet, none of these factors mattered to the Portuguese.
So unless Cuadrado is going to ignore the attacking inclinations that saw him register four times and create as many more in the kingdom of calcio this term in favour of some old fashioned hard graft, he looks a good bet to start fewer than 7.5 Premier League matches in 2014/15 at evens.