As the Premier League big guns go about their annual summer shopping splurges, those in charge of outgoings work doubly hard trying to recoup some of the funds squandered on erroneously purchased assets years earlier.
Mega-bucks arrivals at the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and their top-six brethren spell the end of several stints for fledgling superstars of yesteryear at the behemoths of the English game.
But an education at the finest academies Blighty has to offer curries plenty of weight amongst those dwelling in the lower echelons and what fraternities such as Swansea, Hull and West Brom lack in glamour, they make up for with playing time and a place towards the top of the payrolls.
Here we have a representative of the top-six finishing factions of 2013/14 who can rock the world of bottom-half residents when the music restarts.
Manchester City – Micah Richards
Touted as a future England captain once upon a time, injuries have somewhat curtailed the career of the hulking full-back.
The likes of Liverpool and Newcastle have been linked with moves, but a near-guaranteed starting berth should be the propeller that drives him towards his next destination.
Liverpool – Jose Enrique
Sunderland may be on the verge of splashing out a frankly obscene £14m for Fabio Borini, but a seasoned, consistent left-back with 190 Premier League appearances to his name must represent better value for money.
Chelsea – Ryan Bertrand
A versatile Champions League winner who has been mentored by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez has all the hallmarks of a smaller club showstopper, despite a humdrum spell on loan at Villa Park recently.
Arsenal – Nicklas Bendtner
Off-field altercations often overshadow the Dane’s on-pitch ability, which isn’t as bad as it occasionally appeared during his long-term spell with the Gunners.
Available for nothing, it’s worth taking a punt on Bendtner, who has scored 43 goals in just 68 league starts.
Everton – Joel Robles
The young Spaniard proved during his time at Wigan that he’s a worthy custodian, holding the fort during the Latics’ victorious FA Cup run of 2013.
Tottenham – Danny Rose
Hull are allegedly lining up a £6m move for the highly-rated full-back, who has already shone for a lesser-lauded top-tier outfit when on loan at Sunderland in 2012/13.