While at 27 years of age it would be somewhat incorrect to dub Maccabi Tel Aviv star Eran Zahavi the new Yossi Benayoun, the attacking midfielder certainly boasts the potential to follow his Israeli compatriot into the Premier League.
Something of a late bloomer, like Benayoun before him, Zahavi has been tearing up the Israeli Premier League for much of the past three seasons with a series of displays that put him head and shoulders above most players in the division.
Deployed in an advanced attacking role behind the striker, the former Hapoel Tel Aviv star has scored 50 goals in just 61 games at club level for Maccabi, while his domestic form has started to translate into success on the international stage.
Zahavi was a key component of Israel’s 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Euro 2016 qualification last month, setting up the Blue and Whites opening two goals before adding a third himself.
Top scorer in the Israeli Premier League last term during a campaign that also saw him capture the Footballer of the Year award in Israel, Zahavi’s individual honours also include the record for the most assists during the 2010-11 campaign when he laid on a further 12 goals.
Currently in irresistible form in front of goal, Zahavi has scored 12 times in his last nine appearances for club and country and set a new record this season after finding the net in 15 consecutive matches.
Undoubtedly a gamble, having endured a difficult year and a half in Italy following a big move to Palermo back in early 2011, Zahavi has endured some disciplinary problems and was red-carded during a recent derby meeting with former club Hapoel that had to be abandoned following a mass brawl.
But, as this sensational strike against Beiter Jerusalem demonstrates, he more than makes up for any shortcomings with an exquisite eye for great goals.
Valued at just under £1.5 million by transfermarkt, he could be an inexpensive gamble that the likes of Newcastle or Tottenham should very much consider taking.
Fail to do that and they may just miss out on the next Benayoun.