Adam Johnson has warned Manchester City's rivals that this is a club with plenty in reserve that can only get better.
The England winger said that Roberto Mancini's influence was now being felt on and off the pitch and that, as the season moved into its business phase, excitement within the home dressing room at Eastlands was building.
Tuesday night's defeat of Leicester in the FA Cup was the fourth time Manchester City have scored four in the last two months and with Wayne Bridge offloaded to West Ham, Roque Santa Cruz returned to Blackburn and Shaun Wright-Phillips on the verge of a move to either Fulham or Newcastle, Mancini is starting to trim the fat from the squad he inherited 13 months ago.
“We are improving week-in and week-out and I am sure there is a lot more to come,” Johnson said in the wake of their 4-2 defeat of Leicester.
“Sometimes the final passes have let us down but some of the football has been different class.
“We are getting better with each game. Every game we win is a step closer. Excitement is building now — all the lads can feel it. We just want matches to keep coming now. Hopefully, it will lead us to win one of the cup competitions or the Premier League.”
Johnson acknowledged Mancini's impact on his own form. He started the season struggling to force his way into the first team with his manager warning him about the perils of football's drinking culture. Tuesday night was the ninth straight game in which he had featured.
“It was just little pointers that the manager gave me that helped my game improve,” Johnson said.
He added that City's current weakness was they could not stop conceding while remarking that the fans would not mind if every game were won 4-3. They might not but Mancini made it clear on Tuesday that he would.