For supporters of Premier League clubs the sight of a new striker lining up for their team at the start of a new season is a tantalising prospect.
New signings always get fans excited, but when there is a new No.9 in town that sense of anticipation is heightened even more.
This summer has seen plenty of fresh forwards arrive at the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Álvaro Morata has swapped Real Madrid for Chelsea, Alexandre Lacazette is now finally an Arsenal player after years of speculation and, perhaps most intriguing of all, Romelu Lukaku is leading the line for José Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Together, they cost a cool £185.5million.
However, as history has shown us, clubs can have to wait months before they begin to see a return on their latest attacking acquisition.
It is a scenario Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is well aware of at Stamford Bridge. While fans may be desperate to see new boy Morata in action, the Italian manager is still yet to start the Spain international.
In his eyes, the 24-year-old needs time to adapt to playing upfront in a league which has left plenty of forwards in the past with sleepless nights about where their form has gone.
“Above all, for me a striker is a real important role and it is very important to understand which is the position that I want during the game,” says Conte.
“This role is more difficult to adapt than the other roles. They need time to adapt to our style of football. This is normal.
“He is starting to understand what I want from him during the game. For sure, he needs time. He needs time to understand, to adapt to our style of football.”
The belief from Conte that it is more difficult for a striker to adapt to the Premier League, than, say, a defender or midfielder, certainly is food for thought when we look back at those who have taken time to make their mark in England.
Take Thierry Henry, for example. After arriving at Arsenal from Juventus for £11million, he went eight games before he finally found the net. In that time, unsurprisingly, the critics and doubters surfaced – but Arsène Wenger stood by his man.
Henry ended up with 175 Premier League goals to his name by the time he hung up his boots.
Didier Drogba was another who took time to settle in England after joining Chelsea in 2004 from Marseille. He struck just 22 times in the league during his first two seasons, but in his third term he ended with a tally of 20. By 2010, the Ivorian was truly at his best and he finished that campaign with the golden boot and 29 goals to his name.
Carlos Tevez falls into the same category too when he infamously joined West Ham in 2006. The Argentina international would go on to star for both Manchester City and Manchester United, but in East London it took him 1,142 minutes to score a goal.
Contrast those three with the likes of Amr Zaki, Michu and Papiss Cissé. These are the players who have come into the Premier League and hit the ground running. However, following their blistering starts cracks started to appear.
Michu bagged 18 goals during his first season at Swansea City – the following campaign yielded just two.
Cissé arrived at Newcastle from Germany in January 2012 with a growing reputation. He took Alan Shearer’s old No.9 shirt and scored 13 in 14 Premier League games, including a truly outrageous goal at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
After that, though, despite having a full season instead of 14 games – the striker never managed to match his initially tally in the league while at St. James’ Park.
Amr Zaki, Demba Ba, the list goes on of those who came and went in a flash.
It also shows that, perhaps, it is in reality those who take time to settle who thrive the longest in England.
Wenger is certainly hoping that is the case with Lacazette as, like Conte, he is wary of placing too much expectation on his new striker.
“I don’t know, it’s very difficult, because sometimes it takes a few months, sometimes very little time,” says Wenger, when assessing his new French forward will be at his best.
“The only thing I must say with Lacazette, week after week he looks to adapt quickly but overall I think it will take him one or two months.”
Wenger is aware that with forwards people are so quick to judge because the statistics are there to see in black and white.
Unlike with a defender or midfielder, everyone will instantly look at a striker’s goal tally and from that they will interpret whether he is a success or not.
However, as history has shown us, if given the time, the likes of Lacazette and Morata could well be worth the wait for Conte and Wenger.