Sven's eight signings have an average age of exactly 24, making them more than three years younger than Pearce's average signing.
The most dramatic change will be seen in midfield. In the first game of last season City started with Sinclair (then 33yrs 11months), Reyna (33y 1m), Barton (23y 11m) and Dabo (29y 6m), making an average age of 29yrs 11mths. A likely midfield for our first game this season is Petrov (28y 6m), Elano (26y 1m), Fernandes (20yr 10m) and Geovanni (27y 6m), which would be an average age of 25yrs 3mths - more than four years younger than last season. Add to that Ireland (20y 11m) and Johnson (19y 6m) and we might end up fielding one of the youngest midfields in the Premiership for some games.
Below are the signings made by Pearce and their average age. Loan deals are excluded.
And here are Sven's signings:
The final table probably gives the best indication of our new-found purchasing power. It shows that only two of Pearce's 13 signings were between the ages of 21 and 26, compared to five of Sven's eight signings so far.
The next signings look likely to follow the pattern of investing in youth. This weekend's speculation has linked us to 21-year-old holding midfielder Manuel Fernandes (for £10m) and Scott Carson, also 21, while Claudio Ranieri yesterday said 22-year-old left back Giorgio Chiellini is available for the right price.
One area of concern might be the inexperience of the defence. While 27-year-olds Dunne and Ball have the necessary experience, Richards (19), Onuoha (20), Corluka (21), and Garrido (22) have only 86 Premiership games between them. Hopefully we'll see an experienced centre-half come in this week to partner Dunne, but I suspect that the loss of Distin will result in an error-prone few months for us in defence.
Later this week I'll be looking at the predictions for where we'll finish this season, but as both the manager and the majority of the team will be new to the Premiership I fear the first half of the season might be something of a write-off.
No doubt the press will have a field day should City struggle early on (according to The Telegraph there is already an 'overwhelming feeling' of chaos at the club) but personally I wouldn't be too concerned even if we were near the bottom six around Christmas.
Unlike previous seasons, time is now on our side.
Images of the weekend's events
I'm going to be writing more about this weekend's events in the next few days, but for now here are a few links I've found:
~ Pictures from the game; photos from Albert Square (including pics of Pinthongta).
~ YouTube highlights v Valencia; more highlights; Thaksin sings; Sven on stage; City fans in Albert Square.