Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has taken an astonishing swipe at team-mate Eidur Gudjohnsen, slamming the former Chelsea man for his inability to convert chances.
Barca have stuttered in recent weeks and it is no coincidence that their slump in form has coincided with Eto'o's absence.
The Cameroon star was injured in his side's UEFA Champions League match against Werder Bremen in late September and has been ruled out until the New Year with knee ligament damage.
The Catalans have sorely missed the African's pace, power and goal threat, with their lack of a natural finisher glaringly obvious in recent defeats to Chelsea and arch rivals Real Madrid.
Gudjohnsen is currently being asked to fill Eto'o's shoes in a central striking role, but the Icelander - not renowned as an out-and-out goalscorer - has passed up one or two gilt-edged chances which have proved most costly.
One particularly glaring miss came in the 1-0 defeat to Real in the Bernabeu and Eto'o has now publicly criticised his team-mate for his profligacy.
"Gudjohnsen needs to readapt to the role of centre forward," Eto'o told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Did you see the chance he missed at the Bernabeu? If he had scored that goal Barca would have won 4-2.
"Gudy was looking at Messi instead of looking at the goal as every centre forward always should."
Gudjohnsen currently has three goals to his credit this term and scored his first at Camp Nou in the 2-2 draw with previous employers Chelsea in midweek.