Having undergone a whole squad overhaul that is the envy of absolutely no-one in recent years, the task facing Gary Bowyer over the course of the summer was one that would be the envy of, err, absolutely no-one.
After importing several human sized dispatches full of non-descript players christened as the "new" versions of actually good players under Steve Kean, and then absorbing the sort of expenditure normally reserved for politicians expense accounts under Shebby Singh, the budget set for our caretaker turned permanent boss was heavily reduced. Or to put it another way, absolutely nothing.
Out went the "Batistutas", "Rooneys" and "Smallings" of this world and with cost cutting the name of the game, Bowyer had to spend a two month period shopping off the rails in the Primark section of football player plaza.
It was/is a desperately difficult task and looking at the receipts it's a fairly safe and brutally obvious assessment to say that the results so far have been a mixed bag.
Ben Marshall for one, who came with a certain element of hype attached, has been perhaps the biggest disappointment so far for numerous reasons. Other than a very promising cameo against Watford he's looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights - or worse, Mauro Formica like.
The likes of Todd Kane, Alan Judge and Chris Taylor still have a large "Jury's Out" sign plastered across their foreheads, Yann Songo'o is spending most of his time chatting up Leon Best on Instagram and there is a (quite possibly fictional) reason Alex Marrow's surname rhymes with the word "no".
But that's not to suggest it's all doom and gloom, which is a real shame for the pitch forks at dawn, hell is upon us, Armageddon is nigh brigade. If you are after a complete whinge, this is where the fun stops and you can return to the Lancashire Telegraph comments section.
Matt Kilgallon and DJ Campbell are perfectly capable performers, in the case of DJ Campbell he could and more than likely will get better from now on, especially if he can stop getting injured, refrain from pseudo praising being forced to sign for the club in the first place or commence instigating the on field equivalent of a mass car park ruck.
And then there are the Hull boys... Tom Cairney and Corry Evans. Both have proved to be of more than serviceable use when fit and ready for deployment.
Evans for one looks a cut above anything else we have - which has been a long-standing problem ever since the day Robbie Savage started deteriorating and eventually buggered off to Derby. His injury was ill-timed and unfortunate, but he showcased enough to suggest he can be a big player for us, his blossoming partnership with Lowe was an ever improving watch before Lady Luck decided to intervene like the cruel mistress she is.
Cairney as well, despite being misused recently, out on the wing where his quick feet and good passing range are mostly wasted, has been another good addition. There's more than a chance that Hull might scupper the desire to keep hold of him as we head into 2014, but there's no denying he's been a welcome sight on an Ewood teamsheet since he arrived, complete with dodgy hair highlight job.
But for my money (and conversely the lack of the club's initial expenditure), the best of the bunch bought in over the summer is left back Tommy Spurr. Perhaps not the most talented of the gang and signed with minimal fanfare but for a measurable chunk of games has turned in the sort of accomplished displays that have been sorely lacking from too many for too long.
Of course it helps that the expectation barometer was hardly bursting at the top end for a man who is a Sheffield Wednesday academy nurtured, Bosman signing from Doncaster Rovers. Players always seem to do better when the weight is off their shoulders, but to suggest he's not been without merit when judged against a sterner metaphorical exam paper would be unfair.
Tommy is hardly the quickest in the race but he's been a mark of assurance at the back, he's got a good strong tackle on him (careful female readers), a reliable pass and a faultless work ethic. He's even chipped in with the odd goal and been decent when asked to make up attacking ground as well. It'd consistent to state that his consistency has provided consistency in a role where consistency is key.
What's more he seems to embrace being a Blackburn Rovers player. Fancy that.
It's a testament to his unwavering form up to this relatively early point, that the woes of the left back spot from last season have seemingly become a thing of the past.
Last season Rovers managed to rattle through 6, that's SIX players, in that very same position that Spurr occupies... step forward Martin Olsson, Markus Olsson, Jason Lowe, Gael Givet, Josh Morris and Karim Rekik. A certifiable list of the good, the bad and the out of position. That left sided defensive role was the playing position microcosm of the instability going on all around Ewood Park last season, so to see it granted a bit of stability is a relief as much as it is refreshing.
To borrow a phrase from the god awful, relentlessly clapping, hobbit-like Irish one from the X-Factor panel - Tommy has "made that spot his own".
He's probably not most of the fanship's idea of a player to get excited over, nor is he the quality of player we'd likely thrive under if by some miracle we get promoted anytime soon. But he is a player we should have signed as soon as we made the drop back in 2012.
He's likeable, hard working, grounded and someone the fans can finally identify with. He's also devilishly handsome.
And all for nothing (sort of). Not bad... not bad at all.