The world-class depth squad depth at Chelsea may be about to work against them in the pursuit of a highly-rated forward.
Andrej Kramaric is a player Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to add to the Stamford Bridge ranks, with the 23-year-old boasting a prolific strike rate in his native Croatia.
He has netted 21 times in just 19 appearances for Rijeka this season, including five in the Europa League, while adding two goals for his country since breaking into the senior international set-up.
Admiring glances are being shot in his direction from across Europe, with it expected that formal approaches will be made in January.
Chelsea, though, could be in for a shock if they choose to join the clamour for the lively frontman’s signature.
They may be leading the Premier League title race and pushing for an unprecedented quadruple, but Kramaric’s father fears that his son would become just another number in west London and would likely be forced out on loan in an effort to find the regular minutes he needs to further unlock his undoubted potential.
Josip Kramaric told T Portal: "They [Chelsea] are really persistent. The thing we disagree over is Andrej's loan over the next six months. The question is where would he go on loan? We have no guarantee that he would return to Chelsea when the loan ends.
"The financial conditions wouldn't be the same if Kramaric is with the Chelsea first team or somewhere on loan. True, it's a great club, but I'm not sure if it's the right way to go."
Such concerns would appear to be well-founded, with Chelsea currently having 25 players out on loan.
They paid big money for some of those deemed surplus to first-team requirements, with the likes of Marco van Ginkel, Victor Moses and Fernando Torres unable to force their way into Mourinho’s plans.
Kramaric is at an important crossroads in his career, with it vital he makes the most of the buzz he is generating, but he must tread carefully as the wrong turn at this stage could lead him down the wrong path and into the shadows at a top-level club.