Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal recently claimed that Marouane Fellaini's physical assets could be key in the club's campaign this season.
The Dutchman arrived in England with an illustrious CV and his performance overseeing the Netherlands national team indicated the football veteran was still blessed when it came to tactical acumen.
But even van Gaal seemed surprised at how physical the Premier League is.
Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher has also singled out Fellaini for specific praise, ahead of the club's hotly contested derby with local rivals Manchester City, on Sunday.
"He’s made an impact in his last two games," noted Carragher. "He came on and scored a very good against West Brom on Monday Night Football and then stood out against Chelsea."
What was perhaps most impressive about Fellaini's contributions so far, was not his crucial goal against the Baggies, but how - in the words of Carragher - "he kept Cesc Fabregas relatively quiet and looked really fit, too."
He continued: "So while I think he needs to improve a little bit more to be a regular fixture in the United midfield when Michael Carrick is fit again and Ander Herrera is at his best, he is a good option to have.
"There is flair in there with Angel Di Maria and the solidity of Daley Blind, but as a physical presence and an outlet, Fellaini could come in handily as the season goes on."