The DVD player at West Bromwich Albion's training ground must be in serious danger of combustion after manager Bryan Robson revealed that Robert Earnshaw was the latest player to pore over a compilation to aid his personal development.
It has been well-documented that Robson handed Junichi Inamoto a DVD at the start of the campaign, highlighting areas that needed improving in his game.
The difference in the Japanese international has been startling since his one-on-one sessions with Robson at their training camp just off the A34; in fact, he has become virtually indispensable to Albion in their fight against relegation and was sorely missed over the festive period because of an injury sustained on Christmas Day.
Despite Robson's technological intervention, Inamoto's improvement has arisen after some serious self-flagellation and a concerted effort to change.
Earnshaw has also been
handed a DVD, but whether he chooses to take on board Robson's recommendations is another matter.
The unsettled striker has already had two transfer requests rejected and it would take an unrealistic bid for Robson's stance to shift even slightly.
So, The Hawthorns is almost certainly going to remain Earnshaw's home until at least the end of the campaign, if not beyond.
With Diomansy Kamara and Kanu set to spend the next month in Egypt for the African Nations Cup and Geoff Horsfield the subject of transfer speculation involving Sheffield United, Robson can't afford to off-load the Wales international.
And he intimated he would like Earnshaw to take a leaf out of Inamoto's book, or should that be DVD, and resurrect his own fortunes to benefit the team.
"All the supporters and the media have noticed Inamoto's improvement and he is delighted because the Japanese have noticed, as well, in World Cup year," said Robson.
"He has worked on his game and that is why Inamoto is probably playing the best football he has ever played since he has been in the Premiership; and that is including his spell at Arsenal.
"Earnshaw is probably our best finisher, but he has got to learn other aspects of the game which contribute to the team.
"He hasn't grasped that yet. I need players who can grasp that, as well as score goals, to get us in a better position.
"He's been given a DVD just as Inamoto was. It is footage of himself and where we feel he should improve. We sit and watch the DVD together and point out aspects that he has got to improve on.
"It is areas such as hold-up play and the timing of your runs. That is what he needs to add to his game to be a Premiership player.
"We know about his goalscoring attributes and the pace he possesses, but he needs to add a little bit more.
"If you are going through a bad patch where you are not scoring goals, then you need to contribute something else to the team."
Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that Kanu will be able to play in tomorrow's tricky FA Cup tie with Reading.
Although Kamara has already been called up by Senegal, Robson is optimistic
that a deal can be brokered with Nigeria to enable Kanu to play not only in the FA Cup, but also at Wigan in the Premiership next Sunday.
"I have left a message with Nigeria's coach, who was out training, but I am expecting a call to find out the exact position with Kanu," confirmed an optimistic Robson.
"They have a friendly fixture against Libya on January 9 and we are happy to strike a compromise.
"Kanu would play on Saturday, travel over for the friendly and then return to
play against Wigan. He could then link up with them for the tournament.
"If either Senegal or Nigeria reach the final, then they would miss four league games. However, if they are knocked out early, they would only miss the fixtures with Sunderland and Charlton.
"The African countries definitely need to change the format. All the players from
Africa say the same thing. They can't understand why it isn't in the summer. In their absence, you hope that the lads who are inside the club get good results and they will stay in the team. That is the risk lads face who go and play in this tournament."
Robson will be without Neil Clement (head) and Thomas Gaardsoe for the visit of runaway Championship leaders Reading. However, Zoltan Gera is fit and if he can recapture last season's form, it would provide Robson with a huge fillip.