Tottenham will be hoping for a boost to their fortunes in the top flight following the arrival of Antonio Conte, but the actions of the Italian in the January transfer market and beyond will be fascinating.
Spurs were disappointing on the field under Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte has a huge task on his hands to turn them into a ruthless winning side, as he has done in all his previous jobs.
One aspect of that will be player recruitment. Conte is a manager who has always been backed financially wherever he has gone and you suspect Daniel Levy will now be expected to do the same.
A couple of priorities immediately come to the fore in respect of expiring contracts too.
Recently released by Spotrac, the Premier League table of amount spent on wages shows Spurs occupying sixth place with a yearly bill of £78.7million.
However, that could be set to shrink come the end of the season with the deals of three players currently set to expire come the start of June.
They include club captain and number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The Frenchman has been a part of the squad for nine years, joining in 2012, and has remained first-choice the majority of the time since.
But now aged 34, it remains to be seen whether or not a new deal will come his way. Lloris is currently one of the top earners at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, bringing in £5.2m per year – according to the report – and the club may be tempted to replace him with a younger, cheaper option or utilise summer signing Pierluigi Gollini.
Lloris is not alone in this scenario, however.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is also set to see his contract with the club expire come the summer. The 23-year-old is currently in his seventh loan spell away from north London, this time with Celtic, and the time may have come to severe ties.
If it has, Spurs stand to save £1.04m in his wages. Alfie Whiteman, another youth graduate, may also find himself as a free agent and save the club £200,000 a year.
If all three are to leave, a windfall of £6.4m will come the way of the club.
Premier League wages table
1. Manchester United – £226.6m
2. Chelsea – £162.6m
3. Manchester City – £143.1m
4. Liverpool – £139.1m
5. Arsenal – £99.7m
6. Tottenham – £78.7m
7. Everton – £70.8m
8. West Ham United – £59.6m
9. Leicester City – £54.5m
10. Crystal Palace – £51.7m
11. Aston Villa – £51.6m
12. Newcastle United – £46.8m
13. Wolverhampton Wanderers – £45.2m
14. Southampton – £43.7m
15. Brighton & Hove Albion – £37.1m
16. Burnley – £33.8m
17. Watford – £30m
18. Norwich City – £24.2m
19. Leeds United – £17.9m
20. Brentford – £12.7m
Tottenham wages of players out of contract in 2022
Hugo Lloris – £5.2m
Cameron Carter-Vickers – £1.04m
Alfie Whiteman – £0.2m
All figures courtesy of Sportrac