When news of Luis Suarez's potential move to Barcelona first broke, the media and Barca fans were beside themselves.
He'd be the final piece in Barca's attacking jigsaw, by definition the best front three in the history of the club.
Messi, Neymar and then Suarez. A Playstation front three.
Thoughts immediately turned to blanket success in La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
There would be no one able to live with such a glittering array of attacking talent.
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The reality, to this point however, has been very much different.
After a period of enforced absence owing to his misdemeanours in Brazil, Suarez came back into the fold looking a tad overweight. Something that hadn't gone unnoticed in media circles.
Struggled for fitness
In his opening few games it was clear that he was struggling for fitness and his much heralded debut at the Santiago Bernabeu turned into a damp squib, his assist for Neymar's goal aside.
Only now is he starting to regain somewhere near the sharpness for which he is known and beginning to find himself in the goalscoring positions he took up whilst at Liverpool.
Yet, he's still to find the net in La Liga. Two well taken goals in the Champions League isn't the return that Barca or the player himself would've hoped for going into the last match of 2014.
Furthermore, it's still taking time for Suarez to gel into Luis Enrique's system. Fortunately for him, Messi and Neymar are firing on all cylinders and in the latter's case not before time.
Perhaps we are judging Suarez unfairly on that basis. Does he need a season to settle and in fact it will be next term when we see his true colours?
Whether that's the case or not is a moot point. Barca have paid out in the region of £75 million and for that sort of spend goals are expected.
Indeed, given the opposition, the Catalans could've rightly expected more in the goals for column.
Getafe, Celta Vigo and Almeria are all games where Suarez could've made his mark.
Time to make his mark
His six assists in 10 games is at least a small crumb of comfort, but Suarez is handsomely remunerated for putting the ball in onion bag. Something he did for Liverpool 31 times last season.
Cordoba are next in the firing line. A team that have a solitary La Liga win to their name in 42 years.
It's time for Luis Suarez to come to the party.
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