As the transfer window nears its close, English Premier League squads are engaged in an arms race to land the world's top players that will distance them from the pack.
Pulling off easy moves is easier said than done, as Arsenal faces the conundrum of leaving the shopping period empty handed or entering what Arsene Wenger considers "panic buy" mode.
To spend or not to spend? Not every acquisition can be a winner, so even the EPL's greatest squads can't always shell out cash like Monopoly money until something sticks. But for these clubs, the spending should pay off.
Clubs still have until Monday, September 2 to execute a deal, but not everyone has procrastinated. Tottenham and Liverpool both bolstered their clubs by acquiring young, high-impact players.
Tottenham Lands Christian Eriksen
Adding an exclamation point to their successful transfer window, Tottenham struck again by acquiring 21-year-old Christian Eriksen from Ajax.
Goal.com noted the signing, which accompanied deals for Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches. The team took to Twitter to officially welcome Eriksen aboard.
The Danish midfielder has started the season in scorching fashion, as highlighted by Squawka Football.
New Spurs signing Christian Eriksen created 12 chances, scored 2 goals & registered 3 assists in just 4 Eredivisie games for Ajax this term.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 31, 2013
He accumulated 10 goals and 17 assists for Ajax last season, leading them to their third consecutive league title. No longer challenged there, it was time for Eriksen to test his legs against greater competitor.
Being a big fish in a small pond is fun, but Eriksen can showcase exciting playmaking ability on a grand stage for the Spurs, who leaned on their defense to win their opening Premier League contests.
Since the Goal.com story also reports Gareth Bale's probable defection to Real Madrid, it was pivotal for Andre Villas-Boas to fill that anticipated void.
Liverpool Sure Up Defense with Sakho, Ilori
Not one to be outdone, Liverpool orchestrated a slew of their own transactions to offset their injury deficiencies at center back.
As per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com, the Reds bought Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori from Paris Saint Germain and Sporting Lisbon, respectively.
Sakho, 23, led his French club to a Ligue 1 title last year with his superb passing skills. Ilori, 20, has played for Portugal's Under 18, 19 and 20 teams, snatching first with the Under 18 club.
Sakho and Ilori provide Liverpool with some much-needed young blood and immediate help at center back. Jamie Carragher's retirement along with early injuries suffered by Kolo Toure and Aly Cissoko put Brendan Rodgers in a difficult spot.
Liverpool will square off against Manchester United on Sunday in a battle of undefeated EPL clubs. The two timely additions could help them snatch a pivotal victory that solidifies them as a threat in the fixture.