Manuel Pellegrini deserves full marks for managing Manchester City to this point in his debut season.
The significant majority of the players Pellegrini has relied on this season are holdovers from the Roberto Mancini regime. Granted, many managers would love to be "stuck" with the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
But none of those players were selected by Pellegrini.
In that light, Pellegrini's work getting City into the knockout round of the Champions League and winning the League Cup was impressive. As for the FA Cup loss to Wigan, well, in retrospect it felt like neither the manager nor the side much cared about that match with a trip to Barcelona to follow.
If Pellegrini can somehow guide the Good Ship City to the Premier League title, he will rightly be hailed as one of the league's best managers even considering the money spent on assembling his side.
Because it isn't really "his side" yet.
Whether City win the league or not, though, Pellegrini will be diving back into the transfer window. This season proved that City are still in the honors section of the Premier League, but they are still remedial pupils at the international level.
What moves might City be mulling with the summer transfer window creeping ever closer?