Manuel Pellegrini blamed the dropping of too many easy points as the main reason for Manchester City finishing eight adrift of Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.
The Man City boss may have had a point as his team triumphed in only two of their six matches against the three sides eventually relegated from the top-flight, including taking just one point off Burnley.
Other areas of failure include winning fewer than half of their matches on the road and losing four matches out of six at a critical period in the season between early March and mid-April.
Considering they were the Premier League’s top scorers with 83 goals in 38 games, few would have laid the blame on the Citizens finishing second on any sort of goal-scoring problem.
However, something may have been overlooked in this department and is an area where substantial improvement should be sought ahead of 2015/16.
Kevin de Bruyne appears one of City’s chief transfer targets and it is 1/1 that he signs for the club before the closing of the summer transfer window.
But, paying £50m for his services doesn’t seem the best use of resources.
De Bruyne spent the bulk of his time in a central playmaking role last season at Wolfsburg and repaid the Bundesliga club with 20 assists and 10 goals.
The problem for Man City is that they already have David Silva to perform this duty and only player of the season Eden Hazard supplied more key passes than the diminutive Spaniard in the past campaign.
Furthermore, Silva contributed 12 goals to go alongside the plethora of chances he created.
Where City fell especially short was in the contribution of their wide players, especially in terms of their scoring capabilities.
Jesus Navas fired in 46 shots, 28 from inside opposing penalty boxes, but didn’t score once, while Samir Nasri managed only 34 goal attempts in 24 appearances, getting on the scoresheet twice.
James Milner did trump both players in terms of goals and attempts and his departure to Liverpool only additionally increases the need for Man City to strengthen in the wide areas.
Pedro may find himself pushed further down the Barcelona forward line if Arda Turan ends up signing from Atletico Madrid and he contributed 11 goals from just 22 starts in all competitions last season.
He is also exactly the sort of player that will work well with Silva, given Pedro’s greatest attribute is arguably his off-the-ball movement in terms of running infield off his wing between full-back and central defender.
Alternatively, Karim Bellarabi played predominantly from the right at Bayer Leverkusen last season and helped himself to eight goals and the same number of assists.
De Bruyne would just be another player that had a preference for dropping goalside of the ball in the hope of orchestrating play. What City really need is wide players with a desire to run behind defenders and be clinical with their shots.
Pedro would fit this brief perfectly, but whether City are aware of the type of player they lacked most last season remains to be seen.