Italian striker Mario Balotelli is still searching for his first Premier League goal, and things must look even worse for every goal that Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette scores this season.
Liverpool and Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the France international this summer, but the 23-year-old declared that he felt a responsibility to stay at Lyon for at least another season and it looks like the move, or lack of, has definitely paid off.
In the first 12 games of the season, Lacazette has scored 10 times, making him the joint scorer in Ligue 1 alongside Andre-Pierre Gignac of Marseille.
It has been Gignac that has received the most attention for his scoring run, while Lyon and Lacazette have dipped under the radar, helping his team up to third and developing into one of the hottest strikers in Europe.
Lacazette was unfortunate to miss out on Didier Deschamps France squad for the past two friendlies, but it would be the biggest shock of the season so far if the former Marseille coach decided to leave Lacazette out once again.
His two goals against Nice at the weekend helped Lyon come from 1-0 down to win 3-1 at the Allianz Riviera and is perfect example of what he has been capable of this season.
Lacazette’s time on the wing has made him deadly when he drifts wide, full of pace and running, but he always loves to receive the ball into feet, beating defenders on the turn and heading straight for goal.
Brendan Rodgers has had to try and defend the performances of Balotelli, displays that have lacked passion, movement, and failed to show the level of desire expected from a Liverpool player.
Over in Ligue 1, this is everything that Lacazette is doing in abundance. Lyon suffered their worst ever start to a campaign this season, but Lacazette was still proudly pushing his young team forward. Now they are reaping the benefits and Lyon are looking great for a top three finish, a position which could see OL keep their star striker for another season.
Swap the current form of Balotelli with the majestic performances of Lacazette and Liverpool would be flying at the top end of the Premier League once again. They may have to wait another 18 months to get their man.