The World Cup got off to a perfect start for hosts Russia, as they blew Saudi Arabia away 5-0.
But Villareal winger Denis Cheryshev also impressed with a brace, and he could be a great addition to the Everton attack.
The Real Madrid academy graduate's second strike was a worldie and goal-of-the-tournament contender, and his overall work-rate down the left flank was impressive during the 66 minutes he spent on the pitch.
Cheryshev - who came on as a substitute for the injured Alan Dzagoev - also caught the eye of former Valencia manager and football pundit Gary Neville and, having worked with the 27-year-old first-hand during his short stint in charge of the La Liga side, he surely knows a thing or two about his potential.
"He's a throwback actually. You think about how the modern winger, about how they always make the runs and are like strikers," the Manchester United legend said on ITV.
"He's very left-footed. You saw it on the goal, he always wants to pull it back onto his left foot. I thought actually he'd be perfect for English football because his energy up and down the left-hand side is absolutely brilliant.
"The touch (for the first goal) actually where he just dinks it over is subtlety that I'm not quite sure he's famous for. He's more famous for that energy up and down. But he's a really good player and a good lad."
Everton will be strengthening their attack heading into 2018-19 and, if snapped up, Cheryshev could finally live up to the expectations under a manager like Marco Silva.
The Portuguese helped Brazilian youngster Richarlison hit the ground running in the Premier League at Watford last term, and he has the ability to conjure the same magic with the Russian prodigy.
Cheryshev bagged 22 goals in 109 games during his time with Real Madrid B and, despite scoring just 15 career goals for their senior team, Sevilla, Villareal and Valencia thus far, there is a feeling that the Russian international can still fulfil his potential going forward if his performance against Saudi Arabia is anything to go by.
The forward's ability to also play as a striker, contribute defensively from the front and chase down defenders means he can be a hit at the Goodison Park and, having cost Villareal just £8million, Everton should be able to afford signing him without breaking a sweat.
Should he impress in the next games against Uruguay and Egypt, as Russia look to make it out of Group A, the former Real Madrid winger and one-time reported Liverpool target would have successfully done his future a whole lot of good, and the Toffees should not hesitate to go after him.