Alvaro Negredo has yet to start two consecutive games under the command of silver-haired Man City puppet-master Manuel Pellegrini yet his goal-scoring form means he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.
The former Sevilla striker is 17/4 to open the scoring against West Ham and 6/5 to register at any time when his side visit the Boleyn Ground.
Negredo registered in both Spain’s fixtures over the international break.
City’s occasional line-leader took his international scoring streak to three goals in his last three competitive games against Belarus and Georgia, leading Spanish sports daily ‘As’ to suggest he had claimed their nation’s much-disputed number nine shirt.
When his rivals include Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres, Michu and potentially the white-hot Brazilian convert Diego Costa that’s no mean feat.
The Spaniard has scored more goals from less shots per game than Edin Dzeko in the Premier League and Champions League.
Despite this being Negredo’s first campaign in England he is already scoring with greater efficiency than his Bosnian running buddy, with a goal coming on average every 2.3 attempts.
Meanwhile he’s equalled Dzeko’s Champions League goal tally of one goal in two games despite having yet to make a start in the tournament.
Allowing him to start with greater regularity would likely contribute to him gaining a deeper understanding of life in the Premier League, which could only propel his already impressive performances to a different level.
Dzeko has also been bested in terms of assists and goalscoring opportunities created by his new colleague.
The £16m summer signing has two assists to Dzeko’s one and five key passes to the former Wolfsburg man’s three in the Premier League.
As a more prolific converter of chances and a more creative centre-forward than the big Bosnian it’s time for him to be given a run of starts to make the sky blue shirt his own.