In addition to furnishing us with insight that will almost certainly have no bearing on the season ahead, the Premier League’s opening weekend also highlighted those who still have cavernous holes in their squad to fill.
There’s now a little over three weeks remaining before the transfer window closes, but judging from the omissions on various team sheets, there’s plenty of shopping still to be done.
Here’s who needs what most.
No alternative striker to Lilywhites heartthrob Harry Kane was named among the substitutes for their trip to Manchester United, a folly made all the more evident in the fact they failed to breach a fragile Red Devils backline held together with utility man Daley Blind at the heart of it.
Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado will almost certainly be invited to clear their lockers in the coming weeks; the funds they generate must be used to sign at least one orthodox line leader.
Jose Mourinho got enormously lucky his mainstay back-four avoided prolonged spells in the sick bay last time around.
Having relinquished one of his two reserves from the previous campaign, the Portuguese now has just five first-team stoppers to select from, three of which will be in their 30s by the end of the year.
Everton’s John Stones and Ghanaian left-back Baba Rahman have been heavily linked with Chelsea moves in recent weeks; there’s a case to be made that the Blues must sign both.
The Irons may have recorded the surprise result of the weekend in toppling Arsenal at the Emirates, doing so with 16-year-old Reece Oxford holding the midfield.
His inclusion in the first-team was necessitated by the club’s frustration in attempts to sign Alex Song from Barcelona.
As admirable as his performance was, fellow rookie Diego Poyet was the only other anchorman named in the squad and neglecting to bolster such a vital position with an experienced player based on Oxford’s efforts would be naïve on Slaven Bilic’s behalf.
The Toffees have eight players sidelined, but none of those with doctor’s notes play up front.
This means Roberto Martinez has his full quota of strikers to select from, yet he could only name inconsistent Romelu Lukaku and second-rate Arouna Kone for his side’s 2-2 draw with Watford.
Everton’s problems don’t end in the final third though, with Tyias Browning the only ancillary option to Phil Jagielka and John Stones in the heart of defence.
With the latter currently having his arm twisted at the potential of signing for Chelsea, adding to this department is paramount.