Some look at Chelsea’s summer spending and claim it was quite light, especially given a history of bank-busting contracts and transfer fees.
But this would not only be an absurd way of looking at how a team handled the transfer window, but would be inaccurate as well.
Besides the suddenly oil-rich Sky Blue’s to the North, no one spent more money than Chelsea this summer, and no one has approached their expenditure on players over the past few windows.
So then, why is there this belief that tepidness has suddenly befallen Stamford Bridge?
It has become quite apparent that Andre Villas-Boas is building a team for the future. Of his seven signings, only one of them is over the age of 23, and only one of the youngsters gets regular playing time.
What this all amounts to is an interesting situation, where the future looks brighter than ever for the West London club, but the present is walking a razor's edge between potential triumph and catastrophic disaster.
Luckily, injuries have been infrequent and not long lasting (barring poor Essien), but, should they occur, the bench looks rather thin on reliable backups.
This is not to say that the likes of Oriol Romeu, Romelu Lukaku and Josh McEachran are not ready to play, but when doing so in the most difficult of competitions it would be foolish to expect the same out of them as we do the club veterans.
Here are three positions that Villas-Boas should look to bolster come the January transfer window.