Preseason has seen a number of struggling teams improve their squads. While Aston Villa fans will be joyed by Paul Lambert's signings, it is Stoke City and Norwich City followers who can expect an exciting change in direction.
Mark Hughes' teams have never played the most attractive game, but even he can't drag Stoke lower than Tony Pulis' particular brand of anti-football. His recent signings include PSV Eindhoven full-back Erik Pieters and Barcelona centre-back Marc Muniesa—two names who never would have joined the Potters last year.
Is Hughes trying something new? Will the Britannia Stadium see an intricate passing game implemented next year? One thing's for sure: Hughes wants to put his stamp on a squad that needs direction.
Similarly, Chris Hughton has worked heroics over the summer to transform a Norwich side that didn't live up to its potential last year. The likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Nathan Redmond and Leroy Fer are huge signings for a club that went nine games without a Premier League win between December and February.
Will either team redefine themselves with a new style? Can the Canaries get over the "loss" of Grant Holt? The first few weeks should reveal all.