The Wolverhampton Wanderers fans who watched Leon Clarke score three goals in 32 games for the club between 2013 and 2015 would surely have scoffed directly in your face if you told them that the veteran striker would be the hottest striker in the Championship two years later.
But with Chris Wilder's newly-promoted Sheffield United causing a real surprise by taking the second tier by form, Clarke has been the star of the show with 12 goals in 14 starts at time of writing – making him the most prolific player in the Championship so far this season.
And with Wolves wanting a new striker in the January transfer window to take the pressure off loan frontman Leo Bonatini, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side should be tempted to lure the Birmingham-born attacker back to Molineux for a third spell at the club where he started his career.
As it stands, Sheffield United are in third place, five points behind league leaders Wolves. But with the Chinese-backed Midlands giants boasting plenty of money to spend in the New Year, would The Blades be able to turn down a substantial offer for their red-hot talisman?
Clarke is perhaps the only striker in the Championship who has been more impressive than Wolves’ centre-forward Bonatini in recent months – scoring eight goals in his last three games before the game against Birmingham, including four against Hull and a hat-trick against Fulham last Saturday.
And while the journeyman striker is in the form of his life at Brammal Lane, would he be tempted by the prospect of finally making the grade at his first professional club with Wolves seemingly on the verge of something really special?