James Milner has warned that Manchester City are still struggling to gel but are not far from hitting their peak form. The former Aston Villa star was one of the summer arrivals at Eastlands, along with the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and Mario Balotelli.
A spending spree of more than £100million only added to a seemingly non-stop recruitment drive since billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour arrived in the pursuit of silverware.
City sit second in the Premier League and have emerged as genuine title contenders at a time when Milner thinks he and his team-mates can improve.
"The best is to come, but it's the sign of a good team when you can win and not play your best football," said the England international in the Daily Mirror.
"Obviously it takes time for a side with so many new faces to become a unit.
"We have a lot of very good players here, players who are determined to succeed. Hopefully we can keep improving as a team, keep moving forward and hopefully you'll see the best of us soon."
City take on Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday and Milner hopes to continue a bright opening after taking four points from two matches to sit behind their midweek rivals on goals scored.
"We've made a fantastic start," he said. "It's still early doors with some tough games coming up, but if we can keep this run going the confidence will keep growing.