Chelsea enter the January transfer window under interesting circumstances.
Andre Villas-Boas has revamped the team as much as he could without substantial investment.
It is clear that Villas-Boas is at least forcing the issue in terms of attempting to transform the Blues in to a new era.
Chelsea spent about £45 million net during the summer transfer window, but three of those players were bought for the long-term future and would predominantly not have an impact on Villas-Boas's short-term future with the club.
Thibaut Courtois (£7 million) was sent to Atletico Madrid on loan immediately and Ulises Davila (£2 million) was sent to Vitesse on loan.
Romelu Lukaku (£18 million) would have gone out on loan this season had Chelsea not blundered by handing him an appearance for the club, which now makes the possibility of a loan impossible due to FIFA rules stating players cannot play for more than two clubs in the same season.
Raul Meireles (£12 million) and Juan Mata (£23.5 million) have been the two signings able to make an impact immediately.
On that basis, we can assume that Villas-Boas has a good eye for talent that will improve the side and Roman Abramovich will give his young manager a hefty budget.
Whilst not having a perfect start, Villas-Boas is making things happen, calling big decisions and inspiring the team through a tricky patch where the side were in awful form.
Chelsea fans should be excited at the prospect of Villas-Boas further moulding his own Chelsea side and once he has been through another transfer window or two, the Blues way well have completely transformed in to a side capable of challenging again for the Champions League title.