Jose Mourinho will begin his second reign as Chelsea manager on Monday with a host of key decisions to make.
The Portuguese left Real Madrid to resume control of the club he led between 2004 and 2007, winning two Premier League titles during an infamous first tenure at Stamford Bridge.
With the Blues having failed to mount a serious challenge for the championship in the last three terms, Mourinho is faced with several tough choices over the summer - most significantly regarding the strikers at his disposal.
Rumours abound that Demba Ba's Chelsea career will be cut short and with Fernando Torres failing to recapture his form of old since arriving in west London for a reported £50m in 2011, Mourinho is expected to be a busy man in wheeling and dealing forwards before the season begins.
One man who may provide him with some firepower free-of-charge is 20-year-old Belgium star Romelu Lukaku, who returns to his parent club having netted no less than 17 Premier League goals during a loan spell with West Brom.
Lukaku was exuding belief in his own capabilities earlier in the week, stating: "I've had a great season and now I want to do better. After last year, a lot of people doubted me, but I kept believing in my qualities and worked hard."
But despite the return of the towering Lukaku, speculation continues that owner Roman Abramovich will resort to the cheque-book again - with Chelsea reportedly leading the chase for Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani, who has a £51m release clause in his contract.
One player who will not be returning from a loan spell is promising young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has extended his stay with Atletico Madrid and left Mourinho searching for a realistic challenger for veteran stopper Petr Cech.
Other issues facing Mourinho include setting out the roles to be played by veterans John Terry and Frank Lampard who, at 32 and 34 respectively, are in the twilights of their careers but remain seemingly key to the dressing room at The Bridge.
Much was made of the acquisitions of attacking midfielders Eden Hazard and Oscar ahead of the 2012/2013 campaign - but first Roberto Di Matteo and more recently, Rafa Benitez, struggled to accommodate the two big-money signings with incumbent Juan Mata leading the charge.
All in all, Mourinho will be keen to knuckle down and strip away any 'dead wood' as quickly as possible with the expectations of fans and Abramovich alike weighing heavily on the second coming of 'The Special One.'
- Follow Jose Mourinho's press conference on Sky Sports News and skysports.com from 1pm on Monday. We'll also have all the reaction to his Stamford Bridge comeback.