In contrast to their top-six bedfellows, Tottenham’s low-volume, low-profile transfer dealings might be considered by some to be a cause for concern ahead of the new campaign.
Just three signings, left-back Ben Davies, young defender Eric Dier and back-up stopper Michel Vorm, have so far arrived to bolster a squad rated 3/1 sixth-favourites for a top-four finish this term.
As acquisitions go, it’s fair to say they lack the stature of the World Cup stars Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez, acquired by Everton and Arsenal.
However, it could be argued that in luring Mauricio Pochettino into the White Hart Lane dugout in the last days of spring, Spurs concluded the only business they really needed to do before the start of 2014/15.
Doing so has given the Argentine puppet master the maximum amount of time to work with a quality-packed squad that underachieved woefully last term.
The lack of a cohesive tactical vision was never going to aid a squad replete with so many new players supposedly vying for starting berths in 2013/14.
And the appointment of a manager who effected one of the most compelling tactical revolutions seen in the Premier League in recent years is sure to aid Spurs in realising their collective potential.
Lest we forget, Roberto Soldado scored 24 goals in 33 La Liga games two seasons back, which was around the same time Mousa Dembele and Sandro were a titanic twosome making a traditional 4-4-2 look unusually viable at the highest level.
The rejuvenative effects of Pochettino’s stewardship have already been evident with regards to his countryman Erik Lamela, who has struck three times in pre-season.
Should further reassurance over a lack of cash-splashing be necessary, simply reacquaint yourself with the window overseen by the then-Southampton manager before the 2013/14 season.
Having inherited a side seemingly doomed for relegation before his arrival, Pochettino resisted the urge to splurge in the summer.
Making just three signings, two of whom (Victor Wanyama and Pablo Osvaldo) were lukewarm successes at best, he extracted a vastly improved performance from the players he inherited.