It seems that Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City is all done bar the shouting after the Citizens agreed a £28m fee for his signature with Swansea.
Nevertheless there will be those who remain sceptical as to just how much impact 2014’s Premier League-leading calendar-year goalscorer will have at the Etihad.
Luckily, Manuel Pellegrini’s enduring love affair with more traditional variants of the 4-4-2 formation mean Bony’s a lock to make more than 6.5 top-flight starts this term.
He is 17/20 to feature in more than seven of the Chilean’s elevens by the end of the campaign from a possible 14 games after the conclusion of the African Cup of Nations.
There may be potential for even more outings if, as usual, the Ivory Coast flatter to deceive in Equatorial Guinea, but either way it’s a figure he can surpass.
According to statistical authority whoscored.com the Citizens do far better when playing either a 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1 in Premier League action, winning nine of their 12 games and drawing once when set out as such.
Such a configuration would offer Pellegrini a chance to use the Elephants totem as a line-leading hub for Aguero to work off from a position just behind him.
City have failed to win four of their nine top-flight outings in a 4-3-2-1 this season, suggesting main man Aguero is at his best with another forward close by to bounce off.
That Bony would be preferred to his rival old-school number nine Edin Dzeko in such a role seems certain not least thanks to his weighty transfer fee.
But, the Bosnian’s status is further undermined by the fact he has yet to return from injury.
Meanwhile, even before Dzeko’s October mishap he was scoring at a relatively modest rate of just inside once every three 90 minute matches in the league.