No Manchester City player has scored more goals in the Premier League this season than 12-goal Edin Dzeko.
This, or the tally at least, may underline where City's title challenge went wrong, last season Sergio Aguero contributed 23 rather than 11.
Regardless the Bosnian striker remains a consistent threat for City, a valuable contributor who often has to put up with being overlooked in big games.
He did get a start in their recent visit to White Hart Lane, but failed to click like he did on his last visit there, when he struck four goals in a memorable 5-1 win in August 2011.
His last Premier League goal for City came back in February, in the 3-1 loss to Southampton, hot on the heels of one he bagged in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
Dzeko is a tough striker to figure out at times, he looks uninspiring, yet is capable of doing the dirty work in attack, and scoring the type of goals which other forwards in City's ranks can't.
For that reason alone, he is worth keeping around, but with chances ever-limited, like Manchester United's Javier Hernandez, he is being tipped to move on for the sake of his career.
There is genuine interest from German clubs among others, where he made his name with Wolfsburg, convincing Manchester City to spend £27 million on signing him.
Borussia Dortmund have him in their sights as a replacement for the soon-to-depart Robert Lewandowski, and will have the cash to make City a tempting offer.
There is talk that City are to use Dzeko as a pawn in their own transfer plans, either to land Lewandowski or another of Dortmund's gems, or even to sign Edinson Cavani.
Yet does the striker not deserve better than that? Dzeko has never complained, always kept his dignity, and even made comments about how much he loves Manchester.
You feel being forced out of City is something he would prefer not to happen, yet is going to occur anyway, even if the manner or destination is yet to be determined.
How do City fans feel about the prospect of Dzeko departing?
image: © funnky1opti