Wolverhampton Wanderers may be still acclimatising to Championship football, but Kevin McDonald appears to have adapted to the step-up in standard with ease.
Wolves achieved promotion by dominating League One last season and they have carried their form into the new campaign - elevating themselves into the play-off positions with some decent form over the first few fixtures.
One of the major reasons for this has been McDonald. The central-midfielder is an imposing figure, but it is his technical ability which is really shining through.
The former Sheffield United star has made 90 more passes over the first seven games of the season than any other player in the Championship and that is allowing Wolves to assert themselves on games.
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In the centre of the pitch, the 25-year-old is setting the tempo of games and meaning that the pace of the match is played at Wolves' preferred tempo.
His nearest rival, Bournemouth's Harry Arter, who is a very talented player, is some way off McDonald's passing stats and it is a hugely impressive given he is still making adjustments to the new division.
It can be expected that Wolves will improve throughout the season, as they become more familiar with the league, but McDonald apparently doesn't need to enhance his displays too much more.
He is comfortably the most prolific passer in the division and the rest of the division are struggling to keep pace.
Wolves' left-back Scott Golbourne also features in the list of the top five passers, having completed 392 balls to teammates, whilst Fulham's Scott Parker and Blackburn Rovers' Tom Cairney are both even further back.