Given the euphoria - and drama - of Robinho's arrival at Eastlands at the very end of the August transfer window, there can not be many Man City fans who expected us to be in the Premier League relegation zone come Christmas.
But that is exactly where Mark Hughes' side find themselves after their last-gasp defeat by West Brom at the weekend and I cannot be the only Blue looking forward to New Year's day more than a Christmas programme that sees us play Hull (watch out for Geovanni in that one) and a rejuvenated Blackburn side.
It is well-documented that Hughes will have millions to spend when the transfer window re-opens on 1 January, courtesy of the club's new oil-rich billionaire owners.
A striker, holding midfielder and left-back seem top of Hughes' hit-list and it is not hard to see why. But who should City be looking to sign?
Portmsouth star Lassana Diarra has gone to Real Madrid but the club have been heavily linked with Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz - who thrived under Hughes at Ewood Park - as well as Rovers left-back Stephen Warnock or Chelsea's Wayne Bridge, who would also fill a position that neither Javier Garrido or Michael Ball have made their own.
Santa Cruz and either of Bridge or Warnock would do City for starters - I think we need proven Premier League performers right now...not players that, no matter how good, will take a couple of months to bed in and adjudt to English football.
Oh, and an experienced back-up for Joe Hart and somebody who can play wide left when Robinho is up front or unfit would be handy too as Martin Petrov is out for the forseeable future.
Personally, I think we should wait until the summer to try to lure another superstar like Robinho to the club. And realistically, we may have to. Don't expect Kaka in sky-blue just yet...
But that's just my opinion and, with City linked with over 60 players since the end of August, it is anyone's guess as to who will end up arriving at Eastlands.
What I want to know from City fans is who would be your ideal signings?..and, go on then, tell me who would be your dream buys too.
Also, who should leave? Elano does not seem to get on with Hughes and could be shipped out on loan which would be a sad end to what was such a promising start to his City career.
Should we farm out Jo to get some confidence too? And who else of the current squad should Hughes get rid of?
Let me know...