The English Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday 9 August for the first time after the FA made changes to the league's transfer rules which usually closes on the last day of August. And they only got better in the off-season, with coach Pep Guardiola's side adding winger Riyad Mahrez on a reported five-year, $100-million deal.
The inspiration behind Leicester's shock title triumph two seasons ago, the 2016 PFA Player of The Year joins an embarrassment of attacking riches at the Etihad as the champions bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.
Certainly, Spurs can not afford a repeat of the sluggish start that marred the opening weeks of last season if they are to challenge champions Manchester City and a Liverpool side that, by stark contrast, will feature £160 million of new signings this term.
Hughton was hugely active in the transfer market in the summer, bringing in 16 new players and letting go another 18.
"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said in his press conference earlier today, as per The Mirror.
TERRIERS fans greeted their first foray into the Premier League last season (following promotion through the play-offs) with wild celebration and little real expectation and this approach served them well as after a fairly solid first two-thirds of the season their side found themselves hovering around the relegation zone from about February.
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"You also have to consider that Liverpool are City's Kryptonite".
The Reds have won the previous three encounters, including last season's Champions League quarter-final meeting.
Leicester also spent heavily on seven new players with a £104.3m outlay, topped by Championship prospect James Maddison (£24m) but also secured the services of former West Brom captain Jonny Evans for just £3.5m. Yes sir we've all that and more to sink our teeth into as the first weekend of a new season crashes over us like a wave, and it all starts tonight at Old Trafford.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham make up one of the most interesting trios to be promoted in recent memory. Cardiff will likely struggle up a division but Fulham, too, could punch above its weight. For these leagues the transfer window does not end until the end of the month and spending can be expected to continue.
Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto.