After a hectic summer last year, at first Tottenham Hotspur fans might have enjoyed their club’s relaxed approach to business this time around.
But with Spurs now the only Premier League side not to have made a signing, their supporters are understandably getting increasingly agitated.
The Lilywhites are 3/1 to crack the league’s top four under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, but will surely need some strengthening of a squad that finished sixth last year to do so.
However, their lack of early business should not be an undue concern, as Spurs’ best business has been done in the closing days of the window in recent seasons.
They were busy all summer last year, with a Gareth Bale-sized windfall financing moves for seven new players, but the best of the bunch didn’t arrive until the 30th August.
Christian Eriksen was named the Lilywhites’ Player of the Year after a superb debut campaign where he registered seven goals and eight assists in 25 league appearances.
Spurs left it even later to bring in their star signing in the summer 0f 2012, finalising a move for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris just hours before the window slammed shut.
Much to the relief of Lilywhites fans everywhere, the France captain signed a new contract recently to scotch rumours of an impending move elsewhere.
It was a similar story in 2011, when Spurs’ quiet summer was only roused by a last-minute move for Scott Parker.
The tenacious midfielder was a key part of the side as Spurs finished fourth, winning the Premier League Player of the Month for November.
Finally, it’s always worth remembering Spurs’ best late move of them all, the £8million acquisition of Rafael van der Vaart in 2010, which was completed so close to the end of the window that no-one was sure it had gone through until the following day.
The Dutch midfielder went on to be Spurs’ top scorer in the league that season with 13 strikes, and also provided the most assists for the Lilywhites with nine.