Whether away at Southend United or bearing down on the World Champions, it seems Marcus Forss cares little for the occasion or the opposition.
For Brentford’s latest rough diamond, all that matters is putting the ball in the back of the net. And few in English football do that better than this 21-year-old penalty-box poacher.
Just 11 months after his one-man demolition job at Roots Hall, a clinical hat-trick away at Southend the highlight of Forss’ goal-laden loan spell at AFC Wimbledon, that same player raced away from Kurt Zouma and Clement Lenglet before slotting a typically lethal strike beyond the despairing Hugo Lloris.
Forss set Finland on their way to a famous 2-0 win at the home of world champions France – and there’s certainly worse ways to mark your international debut.
Brentford’s very own ‘Forss of nature’ has also found the net four times in just 169 minutes of football at Brentford this term.
That means, since the start of last season, he has averaged a goal every 103 minutes. Talk about a natural finisher.
Now, reports linking Borussia Dortmund with the ice-veined Scandinavian have led to plenty of hand-wringing at the Hawthorns with West Brom, a side who let Kemar Roofe and Chris Wood go, wishing they had kept faith with another fresh-faced striker.
But there is another underperforming, goal-shy club who may live to regret it if Forss ends up emulating Robert Lewandowski or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in front of the yellow wall.
According to The Athletic, Forss had an unsuccessful trial at Sunderland before Brentford took the plunge, obviously seeing something in this young goal-machine the Black Cats and West Brom overlooked.
On Saturday, Sunderland were held to what feels like their 648th 1-1 draw since the start of 2017/18, slipping out of the League One play-off places as a result.
Sunderland have won none of their last four games – scoring just three times in that run – with manager Phil Parkinson now under more pressure than ever as the play-off places start to slip away.
Charlie Wyke has found form but the same can’t be said of Will Grigg, Danny Graham and Aiden O’Brien – three proven League One strikers who have made a mockery of their reputations with two goals between them in a combined 30 games.
So if Sunderland could turn back the clock, you’d think they would think twice about a striker who, just a few years later, would be humiliating France and intriguing Dortmund.