Change at the top always shifts the dynamic and the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and arrival of Jose Mourinho will bring fresh hope for a few of Tottenham's misfits.
In particular, eyes will be fixed on Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Danny Rose, who were earmarked for the exit by Pochettino but were transfer targets for Mourinho at Manchester United.
Another entitled to be excited at the prospect of a new start will be Lucas Moura, who has started only seven games in seven months since his heroic hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final at Ajax.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has vowed to take Harry Kane to the next level at Tottenham
Mourinho was all smiles as he gave his first press conference at the club this week
'When Lucas was at Sao Paulo, before he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, I tried to get him to Real Madrid,' said Mourinho. 'I met his mum and dad, met with his agent, we spoke in Madrid but PSG came in and we didn't get him.
'There are others recently and some others who we don't even think about buying because we know it is impossible. So you just admire the player, wish to have him, but forget about it.'
Harry Kane falls squarely into this category. Antonio Conte coveted Kane when in charge at Chelsea. 'He was wasting his time,' said Mourinho.
'As managers we must have this feeling of what is possible and what is not. When you try to buy Kane it's just an impossible mission.'
A hat-tip there to chairman Daniel Levy. No one relishes the call to Levy to ask for one of his stars. 'I used to be in clubs that fear him,' said Mourinho. 'It's great to have him on my side.'
Mourinho does not expect Kane (right) to be sold and will build his team around him
So the new head coach does not expect Kane to be sold and will build his team to suit him, starting at West Ham.
'This is not about me,' he explained. 'This is about Mr Levy and the club. He has a vision and part of that is to make the club better and bigger. There is no better and bigger club without a better and bigger team. So, to keep the best players is obviously part of that plan.
'It was not like a promise to me. It was part of his explanation about his vision. Without being specific about players he told me he does not sell players when the manager doesn't want to sell.'
Having coached Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho appreciates the value of an elite striker and sees Kane in this bracket — once he starts to win trophies.
'He's one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt,' said Mourinho. 'He just needs his team