The summer transfer window has already done much to alter the complexion of the Premier League this season.
Manchester United's signature of Romelu Lukaku both guaranteed goals and added another dimension to his side's attacking play. The big Belgian is striking again and again. The joke that was Claudio Bravo's goalkeeping performances wasn't funny anymore, so the Citizens asked Pep Guardiola to put another pair of hands in the gloves. Ederson, on the few occasions on which he's been called to action, has deputised superbly. Manchester City have evolved into potentially the best PL side in years; they've got everything now.
Self-barbarism begins at home, but Spurs have cancelled out the Wembley jitters with some sublime away performances, having done well to retain the services of Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the summer. Even Arsene Wenger, after years of refusal, finally realised that money changes everything - and splashed out on a costly, free-scoring striker of genuine international class. What difference does it make? With Champions League qualification at a premium, it could make all of it.
The top sides have all plugged the necessary gaps - with one glaring exception - and oh mother, you can feel the soil falling over their heads...