Southampton's summer signing could become one of the purchases of the season as Graziano Pelle, a £6 million Ronald Koeman signing from the Dutchman's former club Feyenoord, has proven to be one of the most reliable goalscorers in England.
Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero regularly attract great praise for their ability in front of goal, yet Pelle - despite being a lesser-known player - is fast making himself a household name due to his prolificacy this season… and last.
The 29-year-old scored 50 Eredivisie goals from 57 outings during his time in the Netherlands and the striker has shown no signs of requiring an adaptation period in English football as he has scored six from eight in the Premier League, one from two in the League Cup and another in the same competition earlier this evening, Wednesday.
Pelle has now scored eight goals in his last ten outings for Southampton in all competitions - a goal return that is inferior to no-one, not even Chelsea and Manchester City's superstar forwards.
Such is Pelle's hot form, he only needed six minutes to open Southampton's account against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The late bloomer, likened to Luca Toni, received the ball from 25 yards out before swiftly defeating Asmir Begovic from distance.