Another failure to find the net for Manchester City saw them ousted from the Capital One Cup as Newcastle ran out shock 2-0 winners at the Etihad.
James Milner’s 38th-minute effort against CSKA Moscow represents the Citizens last goal, over two-and-a-half games ago.
Such form pours cold water over the value in City’s 17/20 to beat neighbours Manchester United next.
A barren spell of any magnitude surely shouldn’t befoul a team blessed with such attacking riches, but what may make the matter even more frustrating for Sky Blues fans is that, while their strikers scavenge down the back of settees in search of misplaced mojos, a forward they’ve loaned out is banging them in at leisure.
The man’s name is John Guidetti, a fellow perennially underrated by the Man City head honchos.
Celtic are currently reaping the rewards that come from borrowing the Swedish rent-a-striker, but at 22, does he have the capability to make it with Manuel Pellegrini’s men?
Four goals in five starts for the Parkhead club suggests his finishing ability is up to scratch and it’s not the first time he’s rustled the net en masse either.
A 23-game loan spell with Eredivisie kingpins Feyenoord in the 2011/12 campaign saw him fire a very impressive 20 goals.
Detractors will be tripping over themselves to point out that the inferior standard of opposition in the Dutch and Scottish top flights makes stockpiling the strikes here easier than most places.
Graziano Pelle is the latest former De Kuip favourite to shred Premier League defences after a bulk haul in the Netherlands though, while several forwards operating north of the border have cut Colman’s finest in the English top-tier too.
The quality of service players receive in these leagues isn’t anywhere near the standard it would be at Man City either.
Guidetti’s outburst at a lack of game time during his temporary Stoke tenure says the Swede certainly has the mentality to mix it with superstar egos.
When Mark Hughes continued not to pick him, he was quick to point out:
“We have to see what it is like for the next game, otherwise we have a problem.”
All of these factors suggest yes, Guidetti could do a job for Man City, but the array of elite performers lining their attack means he’s likely to never get the chance he craves at the Etihad, which could point to a permanent switch to Celtic.