When Pep Guardiola sent Joe Hart off packing to Torino and replaced him with Barcelona's Claudio Bravo, most fans were surprised but happy to believe it was all part of their new manager's master plan.
The pub chat at the time was all about distribution, balls to feet and 'building from the back' – something the tiki-taka trained Chilean was supposed to be far better at than his unsophisticated if remarkably dandruff-free English counterpart.
Fast-forward half a season, and it's becoming increasingly apparent that things aren't quite working out as Pep planned. Not only is the 33-year-old keeper error-prone, but it also turns out he has not made a single save in almost month.
To clarify: you have to go back to the win over Burnley on 2 January to find the last time Claudio Bravo saved a shot.
Now you might put that down to a superbly marshalled defence meaning he's had nothing to do but clean his studs on the goal posts and think about tonight's dinner, but you'd be wrong. City have been on a miserable run of form since Christmas and Bravo has let in every single one of the six shots directed at him since, including the 4-0 nightmare against Everton and the 2-2 draw with Spurs the game after.
It's still early days for Bravo in the Premier League and writing any player off in their maiden season is both foolish and unfair.
But at the same time, it's hard not to see him a metaphor for Pep's reign so far: a continental idea struggling to find its place in a tough league. After all, 'building from the back' isn't much use if it starts with picking the ball out of the back of the net.