While Manchester City are sitting pretty at the top of the permier league table, there season hasn't all been plane sailing with the controversies off the pitch with the Carlos Tevez saga, but now that the Argentine striker returns to the club, David Platt insists the places of Manchester City's strikers will not be under threat any more than they have been all season.
Tevez has been away for 3 and a half months following a fall out with manager Mancini, and of course his return will spark fears that he may upset the balance of the team that is currently playing well and stan james betting favourites for the title.
He is expected to be close to full fitness with the game against Swansea City looking like it will be the host of Tevez' return to action.
Even a fit Tevez, however, will find it difficult to force his way back into the picture given the form on Saturday of the other trio of strikers blocking his path.
Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko all made their case for remaining in Roberto Mancini's side with a goal apiece in a 3-0 home win over Blackburn to take their tally this season to 39 between them, as seen in the Stan James Review.
City coach Platt has made it clear Tevez's return will not render any of the trio surplus to requirements.
"The strikers have all had a threat to their place all season," said Platt in the Manchester Evening News.
"I don't think there's been one occasion when all three have been on the pitch at one time.
"So there is a threat to their places anyway, just as there is a threat to everybody else's place in the team.
"When we've everybody healthy there are people going in the stand that could get into most teams in the Premier League, and we have a rotation of the squad.
"As and when Carlos is back, he'll add another number to that."