Tottenham have had an uncharacteristically quiet summer under new manager Mauricio Pochettino – but long may it continue.
To say last summer was eventful at White Hart Lane would be an understatement. Let's start from the beginning of the chaos; the sale of Gareth Bale. The Welshman completed a world record £86m move to Real Madrid last summer, giving the club a whopping transfer kitty to play with, but taking away his vast talents in the process.
With the money, manager Andre Villas-Boas – or rather technical director Franco Baldini, depending on who you believe – splashed the money on the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado. Bar Eriksen, every signing failed miserably last season, costing Villas-Boas his job in December.
In came Tim Sherwood, brimming with passion, banter and gilets, who became loveable because he kind of thought he was a better manager than he actually was. Spurs did finish above Manchester United in sixth place, but given how bad David Moyes' side were, it was little achievement for a club that had splashed out around £100m in search of Champions League football.
It was then no surprise when chairman Daniel Levy began to sharpen his axe once again, ending Sherwood's six-month stint in charge 12 months early in order to bring Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino from the South Coast to White Hart Lane after the Argentine had guided the Saints to an eighth place finish.
And this time, the former Paris Saint-Germain defender has led a calm, measured summer of spending, bringing a strong sense of youth to the club. Pochettino oversaw the development of Espanyol youth products Didac Vila, Victor Ruiz, Raul Baena and Javi Marquez, and then Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse and Sam Gallagher at Southampton, and his focus has always been on bringing through young players.
Far from the vast amounts of money spent last year, Pochettino has instead moved to bring in Sporting Lisbon centre back Eric Dier (20) and Swansea left back Ben Davies (21), whilst Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin (21) will join next summer, providing the club with a strong young core for their defence.
Today's line-up against West Ham featured Dier and Nabil Bentaleb, whilst Davies was also on the bench. Dier's winning goal came having been switched to right back following Kyle Naughton's red card, and the fight Spurs showed was a great sign going forward given how brittle they were last season.
Pochettino has already brought some serenity to the otherwise chaotic North London club - and their opening day win in testing circumstances definitely bodes well for the future as Spurs chase a spot in the top four.