Replacing Michael Laudrup in the middle of season 2013-14 looked a tough job. However, Garry Monk has managed to do it in a very effective way, ending the latest campaign in a comfortable eighth position despite Wilfried Bony's departure to Manchester City during the January transfer window for around £25m ($38m).
The manager overhauled the inheritance of Laudrup's signings with a number of new players who have proven a success this season, such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bafetimbi Gomis, Lukasz Fabianski, Federico Fernandez and Jefferson Montero.
But Monk is keen on strengthening the squad further ahead of next season with a striker to fill the void left by Bony during the January transfer window and who will compete with Gomis for the number nine role.
Business so far
Alan Tate and Gerhard Tremmel have been released while defender Neil Taylor has committed his long-term future to the club after agreeing a new four-year contract.
What they need
Signing a top scorer to fill Bony's shoes is the main target despite Gomis's impressive second part of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the manager is also said to be looking for a left-back, a back-up 'keeper to Fabianski, an attacking midfielder and a winger.
Who could join
Marseille forward Andre Ayew, Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic, Wolfsburg's Bas Dost and Blackburn star Rudy Gestede have been linked with a move to the Liberty Stadium in recent weeks to compete with Gomis for the number nine role.
Meanwhile, Saint Etienne wing-back Franck Tabanou may be the first signing of the summer after his agent revealed his intentions to move to Swansea.
Who could leave
Arsenal have been recently linked with a move for South Korea international Ki Sung-Yueng while Michu's future at the club looks uncertain after the Spaniard failed to make the impact expected during his season loan at Monaco. Meanwhile, veteran Leon Britton is said to be considering a move to the MLS.
What the manager has said
"If I were a betting man I would say this summer and the next January window will see the highest amount of money spent by Premier League clubs on transfers because of the TV deal that is coming in. But we will go about our business the way we have always done. If we feel a deal is right for us we will do it, and if we don't feel it's right we won't.
"That's how we have operated in the past and it has worked for us, so that's what we will do in the future. But we need to push on and there will be comings and goings. It will be hard to improve what we have got, but we want to add quality and that's what we have to try to do.
"We can't stay the same, we need players to add to us and help us improve. We have a lot of quality here already but we don't have a depth of quality and that's what I want to change."