Cole, Keane, Ba, Piquionne and Obinna, not to mention Hines, Sears and McCarthy; the question is, why do we need five, six, seven or even eight players to cover at most three positions?
I can see trouble ahead. Keane is a very good, very experienced striker, but he is not the easiest to partner up, as both Rafa and 'Arry have discovered. He doesn't take kindly to working the flanks in a 4-3-3 formation and isn't a target man. Play him and you effectively confine yourself to 4-4-2, ideally using a target man to feed him.
So, Piqionne or Cole would appear to be Keane's perfect partners. In which case, what do we do with Obinna and why have we signed Ba? Ba seems to think he is here to fire us to safety, which assumes he will be starting games, but I can see him being disappointed. If Keane gets off to a good start alongside of one of Cole or Piquionne, the first choice partnership would be established and Ba may be confined to cameo substitute roles.
Obinna? It looks as if he could be asked to play wide left as we still have nobody to play down that flank. So Hines might as well go out on loan if Collison is back in training.
Of course, there is still time to sell somebody. Piquionne would appear to be the favourite with Sunderland rumoured to be interested and £5million being mooted. That would mean we could sign Keane, effectively, for £1million in the summer should we stay up. Would Ba and Keane work? Or Obinna and Keane?
There's not long to sort this out. We have to win on Wednesday in what is now a Premiership donkey derby.