Manchester City may have the Premier League's best defensive record, but the lack of a killer touch at the other end has left them a distant second in the title race. Even a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Monday did little more than delay the inevitable.
Their roster of star strikers, who so effectively spread the goal burden last year, have disappointed to varying degrees. Edin Dzeko, a pale imitation of his Wolfsburg self, is top scorer with 12, while Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have only just broken into double figures.
A return of 32 goals between them is desperately underwhelming for such talented players, although injury is a mitigating factor in Aguero's case. His Argentine colleague has no such excuse, though. After a stellar first two seasons in a City shirt, attitude problems have affected Tevez's output.
The lingering sense remains that he would rather be somewhere else. So with a summer departure perhaps on the horizon, it's time to identify some alternatives.