Even though it remains the earliest of days, a bit of a consensus is beginning to develop from beyond the cobbles. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City appear to be on to something very special.
The arrival of Pep has City looking like a European powerhouse
His resumé prior to taking the reins at the Etihad Stadium was already exceptional, having scaled to the top of the game with Barcelona, and tearing through opposition at the forefront of Bayern Munich. Still, there were questions to be answered - could Guardiola adapt to the unforgiving style in England? Will the squad be up to scratch? And even scrutiny over whether he was more than just a benefactor of world-class talent falling into his hands.
Headlining a string of swashbuckling performances was the Manchester Derby, in which the Spaniard saw his side snatch the bragging rights for currently one of the biggest footballing cities on the globe. It was far from convincing at the beginning, although now he appears to have the Citizens well in their stride.
Raheem Sterling exemplifies the true rewards of this experiment. Struggling to stay afloat after a £44 million move last season, the English winger was in danger of dwindling in the youth stage. That was until a saviour descended upon the squad, springing him back into spectacular ways. He looked a completely different player from that of his country's torrid Euro 2016 campaign - picking up the league's player of the month award for August. Starring most notably against West Ham United, his presence and confidence had been magnified, just as the chances were of his club.
Sergio Agüero's suspension on the basis of violent conduct for an attempted elbow to West Ham United’s Winston Reid could have forecast a shaky few weeks, but instead, City have found a new wind and may continue to stride through the season. Fixture congestion doesn't seem to be a problem either, because with all that money to spend - along with the players upholding such a substantial level of quality - they breezed through Mönchengladbach in the rain-postponed tie and had a solid showing in the league cup.
New signings John Stones and Claudio Bravo may be a mixed bag when it comes down to a deeper look at their performances, with the young defender settling in while the keeper has caused some nerves on the touchline, but as a cohesive unit, that often back-five is one that could be tough to beat, or just too hard to outscore.
Let's not forget Kevin De Bruyne, either. The Belgian has made his mark once again on the league, and alongside a David Silva who has experienced something of a second coming, the creative output in that area has never been more tantalising.
Though, to dig into the deep book of cliches from the beautiful game, winning the title is not a sprint, its a marathon. Manchester City have burst out of the blocks, and it will soon become a case of whether they can sustain endurance with so many further obstacles coming their way. However, with the resources at hand, and Guardiola still proving to be one of the sharpest minds in world football, it is more than manageable.