The summer is a tense time for fans of any football club, with transfer developments creeping forward at a glacial pace, but for no set of supporters is it more so than those whose teams are embarking on a first campaign at a higher level.
Ever hopeful that the scouting network will unearth some gems from foreign shores, it can be deflating to see a promotion windfall seemingly squandered on players who plied their trade at the level just departed.
The fear that they will lack the smarts to be useful at higher level is difficult to suppress.
Right now Leicester diehards are experiencing just such feelings, after shelling out a cool £10m for Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa.
Burnley meanwhile, having already picked up Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, have leapt to the front of the queue to sign Watford’s Troy Deeney, another player valued at £10m.
Yet recent Championship striker signings by newly-promoted clubs seems to suggest that bringing in those proven at a lower level is not the fool’s errand it seems.
In each of the last four seasons a marksmen previously making hay in the second tier has stepped up to the plate when signed by a Premier League new boy.
Dwight Gayle’s £8.5m move from Peterbororough to Crystal Palace in the 2013/14 pre-season meant that the diminutive former Arsenal trainee had clambered six rungs up the Football League pyramid in just two seasons.
Perhaps his acquisition would have been greeted with greater cheer but for the sky-high fee and he remains ultimately a square peg in Tony Pulis’ setup, yet his goals against Sunderland and Aston Villa were vital in keeping the Eagles up.
The same campaign saw Jay Rodriguez, another big-money up-stepper when swapping Burnley for Southampton in 2012/13, notch 15 goals in 30 starts.
However, his lightning adaptation to the highest club level had seen him either score or create 14 goals during the Saints’ occasionally tumultuous first term back at big school the year before.
It may seem amusing now, but in 2011/12 it was Danny Graham’s turn to prove that the language of goals is not lost in translation as one slips beyond the velvet rope.
Breaking the hearts of Watford fans who’d sung “Danny for England” when he finished 2010/11 as the 24-strike Championship top scorer, his nettings for £3.5m captors Swansea made the difference in the destination of 12 valuable points the following year.
Having signed Gayle up at Selhurst Park, Ian Holloway’s knack for noting a prolific second-rung forward capable of stepping up was first advertised when purchasing DJ Campbell for his Blackpool team in 2010/11.
Perhaps it was the sea air in the land of ‘Kiss Me Quick’ but the disk jockey had plundered 20 goals in 38 outings for the Tangerines on two previous loan spells at Bloomfield Road.
Campbell’s 13 strikes in 31 Premier League appearances for the club brought them to the brink of ensuring survival, in spite of their gloriously naive, gung-ho ‘tactics’.