Young striker Mo Salah was only born 27 years ago but his latest exploits for Liverpool suggest he has already been passed over by so many pundits as the best attacking player in the Premier League.
With 11 goals so far this season, Salah already shares the title with Swansea’s Fernando Llorente as joint-top scorer in the Premier League after nine games. Liverpool, however, have the wider margin to improve on their earlier-season pace which has seen them win only two of their eight games.
One clear win has come against Everton this week, when Salah notched his eighth goal of the season and second in the space of two matches, helping the Reds to a 3-0 win.
Two years ago Salah was barely considered to be one of the top strikers in the world but this season already he is challenging for the golden boot and in the early Premier League poll he is in the top five as only Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero have more goals.
There is some concern that some of the first-team players seem to be ceding precious time to Salah. In some matches, there was a prolonged spell during the second half of the second half when new signing Fabinho sat in an unused position in midfield, then headed off towards the bench.
It was an indefensible first use of a player who has brought more creativity and presence to the defence of Liverpool.
Even with the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino around the Liverpool goals, Salah has the pace and slickness of movement that can work wonders against lesser teams.
Salah has already scored more goals in the Premier League than any other player in the current season, equalling Alvaro Morata’s 10 from last season, while he has been on target in six of his nine starts, as well as recording an assist in each of those outings.
While he has been short of his pre-season form, he is still relatively new to England, even if his scoring record for Roma over the last three seasons is evidence of his ability.
He has scored 73 goals in 121 games in Italy and Spain, while for the Egyptian national team he has bagged 38 goals in 78 appearances.
Only once before has Salah failed to score in a match and that was in his first competitive appearance for Liverpool’s second tier rivals Wigan. That was only on his home debut, against Cardiff.
In Egypt, Salah has been prolific, with 45 goals from 89 matches and a quality of consistency and touch rarely seen in the game.
It is those past achievements that gives Salah that enormous momentum which can challenge for the golden boot.