In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion pounds, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday.
According to Deloitte's spokesperson, Tim Bridge, just 14 per cent of that figure, which is £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window, closing before the rest of Europe.
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.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust expressed grave concerns over the lack of new recruitment even though the club did manage to hold on to their existing crop of elite players, not least England striker Harry Kane.
"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
The Russian star was one of the players to behold at the Russia 2018 World Cup as he dazzled for the hos t country enroute to a respectable quarter- final finish at the World Cup. But strong performances in Russian Federation weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.
Asking for a full explanation, the statement said: "We do not believe in spending money or signing players for the sake of it".
Last season's top-two teams spent nothing yesterday. A team that will start the season with many of its key members still exhausted after the World Cup.
But former United manager David Moyes has thrown his backing behind last season's runners-up by suggesting that Mourinho's side ought to be leading the way come the festive season.
Tottenham spent enormously to reconstruct their stadium and there was little left to commit into bringing more players to beef up the squad.
"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams".
"We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title".