For three of the last four seasons Crystal Palace wide men Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha have been the epicentre of all that’s exciting about the Eagles.
However, the signing of Newcastle winger Andros Townsend for a club record £13m threatens to wrench apart their celebrated partnership.
For all their rubber-limbed trickery, the Tottenham youth product and irregular England savior possesses something neither of the beloved twosome have, an all-consuming thirst for goals and the single-mindedness to get them.
When all three are fit and wel,l one of Alan Pardew’s incumbent wingers is likely to have to suck up a spell on the substitutes bench, but which of them?
Inconsistency in terms of end product, whether that be assists or goals, is a complaint that can be leveled at both men.
If Townsend’s short time in the first-team at St James’ Park is anything to go he is more likely to provide the latter, which is one of the reasons that totem of the play-off win in 2012/13 Zaha is more likely to make way.
Four goals in 13 games for the Magpies is far a superior strike rate to those either Palace man mustered in 2015/16.
Bolasie finished the last campaign as the Eagles’ joint-top league scorer, albeit with a miserable three goals, but Zaha added to his opening-day effort against Norwich just once over the rest of the top-flight season.
The latter is also more under threat as he shares a favourite flank with the new arrival.
Zaha was given 24 of his 30 Premier League starts in right-sided roles in the season just gone, mustering one of his two goals and his sole assist from that wing.
Townsend conjured an infinitely-superior three strikes and three sets ups from the same flank in just 11 appearance in the role last term for Newcastle.