The situation regarding Manchester United's inconsistent wingers appears to have reached a tiresome stage far beyond the realms of simple parody.
While the likes of Ashley Young and Nani are routinely lambasted for their lack of impact, they do not seem to have shown even the slightest improvement to hit back at such fierce critics.
Indeed, as such, it is absolutely baffling to consider that the Premier League champions offered the latter a new five-year contract in September.
While talented youngster Adnan Januzaj has certainly provided a pinch of relieving respite from Manchester United's ongoing woes down the flanks, it is certainly apparent that David Moyes needs to acquire at least one one new wide midfielder when the transfer market re-opens in less than two months time.
While many are sure to have their say on who exactly Moyes should be looking to bring to Old Trafford in January, it is crucial that fans, having witnessed Manchester United's less than spectacular beginning to the new campaign, retain a crucial air of realism.
Although they have shown marked improvement of late, it is of vital importance that both Moyes and the club's fans appreciate that their current transitional status is unlikely to afford them the power to attract many of the globe's top stars.
That is why I believe potential deals for the likes of Angel di Maria, Marco Reus and Alexis Sanchez - while certainly admirable in their intent - are, ultimately, not worth pursuing this winter.
One particular winger who I believe may be attainable, however, is Bayer Leverkusen's Sidney Sam.
The 25-year-old German international - who has won five senior caps under the tutelage of Joachim Löw - has enjoyed a superb start to the new Bundesliga campaign and has played an integral role for Sami Hyypia's men as they look to challenge the duopoly of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
With seven goals and five assists to his name in just 12 appearances so far this season, the former Kaiserslautern loanee is finally living up to his early promise.
Sam exudes an admirable confidence and his pace, guile, trickery and a useful eye for goal makes him a formidable prospect for opposition full-backs.
Sam, who gave Premier League enthusiasts a little taster of his talents with an exciting cameo off the substitutes bench for Germany against England at Wembley on Tuesday evening, is also reportedly a January target for Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers' men are evidently on the lookout for further attacking options in an attempt to prove that their surprisingly positive start to the 2013/14 season is not merely a flash in the pan but more a statement of their re-emergence as genuine title contenders.
Signing Sam, therefore, would give Manchester United a huge double boost.
Not only would they be significantly boosting their own options in an area in dire need of immediate attention, but they would also be denying Liverpool - unquestionably the club's fiercest rivals - a potentially key addition that could help them re-assert their status in the title race.
What do they have to lose?
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