Listen carefully and, though Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal career may yet be just three competitive games old, the first faint, reactionary mutterings of the possibility he may fail are audible.
Admittedly there have hardly been fireworks so far, but a glance through the annals suggests judgement should be reserved until the end of October at the very least.
He has yet to trouble the scorers, while his passing radar has been on the blink, with a mere two of the 19 crosses he attempted across clashes with Crystal Palace and Besiktas finding a teammate.
For Sanchez’s goal-hungry detractors, the team-high seven chance-creating passes he unleashed across those two outings will not suffice, he will be an iffy signing until he begins finding the onion bag on a regular basis.
Yet bwinners who availed themselves of Premier League top-goalscorer odds (which have drifted from 16/1 to 20/1 since the campaign’s genesis) need not be overly fearful.
The 25-year-old’s exertions for a Chile outfit steeped to the hard-grafting philosophies of former boss Marcelo Bielsa at the 2014 World Cup are the most obvious source of any August awkwardness.
However, since arriving in Europe the former Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and Barcelona maestro has helped himself to a trifling trio of league strikes between August and the beginning of October.
We’ll spare you the Green Day quotes, but his top-scorer backers may as well hit the snooze button and get some shut-eye until the end of the September.
A lop-sided 56 of Sanchez’s goals across six league campaigns since swapping continents have come between October and the end of the campaign.
Even last season at Barcelona, in what was the most prolific season of his career to date, he siphoned just off a single strike during the opening two months of business.