Which top ten Premier League team has the best squad depth?
We've gone through last season's top-half finishers to take a look at how their squads are shaping up with just over a week until the action gets underway.
Several of the Premier League big boys have gone about their business early in the transfer window, with Manchester City new boys Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna drooling over the Citizens' options for the upcoming campaign.
With this in mind, we've put together their first and second XIs (assuming they're not doing a Blackpool and have 22 players to make up the numbers) to see who has the greatest strength in depth.
Here's what we came up with.
Manuel Pellegrini has brought in Fernando and Willy Caballero to compliment his array of talent. There is no doubt City have the depth to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers has spent in excess of £80m in order to try and add depth to his Liverpool squad, now they will be playing European football this season. Of course replacing someone of Luis Suarez’s calibre is virtually impossible and with young Belgian Divok Origi returning to on loan, Liverpool fans would like to see another top quality striker at Anfield.
Jose Mourinho has a squad blessed with depth, which will enable Chelsea to challenge on all fronts this season. The purchase of Cesc Fabregas is seen as the final piece in the jigsaw for Mourinho, with Chelsea fans hoping they can regain the Premier League title this season.
The purchase of Alexis Sanchez was seen as a major coup. Arsene Wenger will be under pressure to make sure his side offer a sustained title challenge this season, with fans not willing to accept another 4th place. They certainly have the players to compete, but will injuries get the better of them yet again?
EvertonAfter an impressive first season at Goodison, Roberto Martinez will look to build on what he has already achieved. The capture of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea signified the clubs intent and ambition.
After spending £100m last summer, Daniel Levy will be hoping his investment in those players will be justified this campaign. On paper Spurs have good squad depth, with Mauricio Pochettino identifying that his weakest area in the squad was defence by snapping up Ben Davies from Swansea.
If Louis Van Gaal is to play his favoured 3-5-2 formation, he needs to buy a couple of top quality defenders, Mats Hummels’ name has been mentioned. Injuries to either Jones, Evans or Smalling would leave United incredibly short at the back.
What is there left to say about Southampton that hasn't been said already? The St Mary's exodus has seen Lallana, Lovren and Lambert jump ship to Liverpool, while Luke Shaw has gone to Manchester United and Calum Chambers joined Arsenal. It's not all been one-way traffic however, with new boss Ronald Koeman brining in Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle on permanent deals, while securing the loan signings of Ryan Bertrand and Saphir Taider. Expect more additions before the season starts next weekend.
Stoke are being touted to be this seasons surprise package. Mark Hughes has transformed his side into a passing team, and with the acquisition of former Barcelona starlet, Bojan, it could be a good season for the Potters.
With the additions of Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and talented Remy Cabella, there are reasons for Newcastle to be optimistic this season.