The level of success enjoyed by Frank Lampard during a loan spell at Manchester City could be considered both a positive and negative for the reigning Premier League champions.
They have acquired one of the finest goalscoring midfielders English football has ever produced, and he has not disappointed on that front by netting five times in eight appearances in all competitions.
He may now be 36 years of age and deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea, but there is no doubting that Lampard is still capable of producing the goods at the very highest level.
It is surely only a matter of time then before City address the issue of his future and seek to secure his services through to the end of the season.
Given that Lampard is on loan from their sister club New York City in the American MLS, discussions regarding an extended stay should not be that difficult, with City basically dealing with themselves.
This is, however, hardly a long-term solution and Manuel Pellegrini should be concerned that an expensively-assembled squad – and one hardly lacking in midfield talent - is leaning so heavily on a veteran performer who was initially brought onto the books to help satisfy home-grown quotas.
City cannot afford to look too far ahead at present, though, and it does come as something of a surprise to find that they have yet to sit down with Lampard - given that his initial loan deal is due to expire in January.
Pellegrini has expressed an interest in thrashing out terms, with Lampard welcoming such talk, but the men that really matter in such discussions have not picked up the phone.
A man capped on 106 occasions by England has said on the matter: "I haven't spoke to them on that front at all, I've been concentrating week to week and getting fit when I was injured for a while.
"I'm not looking that far ahead. It's nice that they are saying that, it's much better saying that than saying they can't wait for me to go! We'll see what happens about that one.”
Maybe there is a solution to be found which suits all parties, with it possible that could even extend past the end of the current campaign.
After all, why should City continue to spend millions in the transfer market when they have managed to pick up a proven performer for virtually nothing?
Lampard agreed his move to America with the intention of embracing a new challenge on a foreign field, but that opportunity will still be there six, 12, 18 months down the line.
For now, City should be looking to maximise the midfielder’s talents and if that leads to a prolonged stay at the Etihad Stadium, that would appear to be a win-win situation for all concerned.