The extent to which Tottenham failed to tailor their approach to suit departed £26m striker Roberto Soldado is currently being forcefully double-underlined in red biro.
Having mustered a miserable seven Premier League goals in 52 appearances (four of which were penalties), he has begun the new campaign like a bull in a china shop.
Soldado has wasted little time endearing himself to the faithful at El Madrigal since he left the Lilywhites for Villarreal in a £16m loss-making move this summer.
The formerly hapless striker has had a hand in all four Submarino Amarillo strikes in their two La Liga outings to date, score twice and assisting the others.
No other player in the league can better him on either statistic.
At present he averages a goal every 78.5 minutes of football played, a ten-fold upgrade on the mean of one per 796 for Spurs in 2014/15.
His excellent early-season form may well plateau to an extent, but it’s difficult not to surmise that the goalscoring beast sedated during two years in north London has been reawakened.
Infuriatingly for Lilywhites everywhere, the stratagem with which Villarreal manager Marcelino has applied the jump leads to Soldado is so simple that both Spurs recruitment team at the time and successive managers must be apportioned the lion’s share of the blame for the Spaniard’s failure.
Between them they failed to acknowledge that the pace that had enabled Soldado to lead the Valencia line single-handedly was on the wane, impairing his ability to find space in the box unaided.
Bringing in possession-hog boss Mauricio Pochettino, was never going to facilitate the kind of unfussily-direct attacking an early cross-lover like Bobby needed either.
For his new employers, playing Soldado alongside another forward in a dynamic, quick-breaking 4-4-2 is all it seems to have taken to work the oracle.
Younger, more mobile strike partner Leo Baptistao’s movement creates space in the box for the 30-year-old to feed upon prompt crosses from the sides’ wingers.
Having sunk £26m into signing a 28-year-old, Tottenham’s failure to emulate Villarreal in using a system which maximised his effectiveness by playing to his strengths seems utterly self-defeating.