Even more than Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez has appeared the forgotten man of Manchester City’s strike force this season.
His partnership with Sergio Aguero was one of the key factors in City’s title success last season, and so why Roberto Mancini has opted not to pair them again more often than not this time around is a mystery.
Tevez has even been overlooked by the Argentine national team, as the consensus seems to grow that he is more trouble than he is worth.
And Tevez’s capacity for trouble caught up with him again last week, when he was arrested for driving without a licence by the British police.
He is now in danger of receiving a six-month prison sentence.
However, recalled to the starting line-up by Mancini a matter of hours after his arrest, Tevez was the star of the show for City in their FA Cup demolition of Barnsley at the weekend.
He scored a hat-trick and made two more goals, momentarily banishing thoughts of half a year spent behind bars.
Tevez’s City team-mate, Gareth Barry, says he is not surprised by the striker’s ability to forget his woes by drowning them in goals.
He says the trouble-making striker is the only player he has ever seen in his 16-year career who can lead one entirely different lives on and off the field.
"I'm trying to think of some cases that have happened," Barry said after Tevez’s incredible weekend display.
"I think, in general, as a football player if you have got problems off the pitch then the best place to get rid of them is on the pitch, either in training or in the stadium. It can certainly help take your mind off them for 90 minutes, anyway."
For that reason, Barry says he was not shocked by the way Tevez decimated Barnsley.
"No, not if you know Carlos, because it takes a lot to take his mind off it and get him agitated," he said.
"That is the type of guy he is: nothing really fazes him. Obviously it has been in the papers that he had a few problems, but once Carlos is on that football pitch he doesn't let much affect him."