Sunderland fans can be encouraged by the business the club has done so far this transfer window and should mark it as a step in the right direction.
Sunderland are in the midst of reshaping their squad as they prepare for their first campaign in the Championship in a decade.
As expected, a number of players have been shown the exit door at the Stadium of Light as the club look to put last season's disappointing campaign behind them, which saw them finish comfortably bottom of the Premier League.
Simon Grayson, who was appointed Sunderland boss at the end of June, has signed four players. The former Preston North End manager has so far lived up to his reputation for being able to make shrewd signings.
Aiden McGeady is one of the four new signings to arrive at Sunderland in recent weeks
Sunderland's newest recruits are Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan, from Everton and Bury respectively. According to Sky Sports, the fee for Vaughan was £900,000 while McGeady cost just £250,000. Both deals represent extremely good business
Vaughan, who is coming off the back of 24-goal season with League One side Bury and if injuries had not hampered his career, he could be playing at a higher level.
Former Republic of Ireland and Celtic winger McGeady enjoyed a resurgent loan spell at Preston under the guidance of Grayson last season. The 31-year-old joins from Everton and could prove to be a major coup for the Black Cats.
Grayson has also took full advantage of the loan market and secured the signings of highly-rated Everton defenders Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning.
This will be a refreshing change for Sunderland fans to see the club be more prudent in the transfer market, after a number of seasons of squandering large sums of money on players who could not live up to the billing.
It is not a short-term fix for Sunderland as the team continues to be rebuilt into a side capable of competing at the right end of the Championship table.
It may take a bit longer than their supporters would like, but under Grayson's stewardship so far, they have taken a big step in the right direction.