Without the minor festive blip against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, Manchester City may have been top of the Premier League.
The shocking defeats to both supposedly weaker sides have further carved open the hidden can of worms in Pep Guardiola’s team.
Without Fernandinho, the midfield was overrun. Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones experiments backfired.
To avoid this happening again, Guardiola is reportedly plotting to shore up his midfield according to the bookmakers.
Top of the chain is Ajax midfielder, Frenkie De Jong.
De Jong has been on City’s wish list for some time, and although Barcelona are reported to be ahead in the race to sign the Dutchman, the odds suggest a much closer contest.
Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, are not afar priced at 12/1.
Unlike last season where Guardiola cast all his eggs in one basket, he may set his sights on Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves if the move for De Jong fails to materialise.
Neves has been a revelation in his maiden Premier League campaign.
The talented midfielder is believed to have charmed Guardiola who could pursue his signature.
City are 8/1 favourites to sign him this month, but he is 1/20 to remain at Molineux which, as the odds reflect, is very likely.
In attack, it is being rumoured that Guardiola is pondering a raid of his former club for Ousmane Dembele.
The Citizens’ offence has been near perfect yet the Spaniard believes more can be done.
City (8/1) are favourites to sign the Frenchman, closely followed by Arsenal and Liverpool.