The fruits a great goalscoring midfielder reaps are a delight to sample, as Tottenham Hotspur are well aware.
Dele Alli’s exploits have played no small part in firing Spurs into the Premier League title mix; his seven strikes in 28 top-tier outings will have to be improved upon if the Lilywhites are to land the richest prize in English football at odds of 5/2.
However, niggling injuries accumulated over the course of a gruelling maiden campaign at the highest level might well prevent the teenager from doing so.
With no box-to-player in the ranks boasting Alli’s goal threat, a drop in form/stint on the sidelines could spell the end of Spurs’ challenge.
In an attempt to remedy this situation in future seasons, transfer speculators suggest the north Londoners will bid for Mainz midfielder Yunus Malli.
The Turkish international has represented the country of his birth – Germany – at every under-age group before switching allegiance midway through what has been the most successful season of his career.
In 26 Bundesliga outings this term, the 23-year-old has found the net ten times, assisting two more, meaning he’s directly accountable for over 35% of his side’s league strikes in 2015/16.
Much like Alli at Spurs, Malli has helped Mainz defy pre-season expectations, with his goals dragging Die Nullfunfer to within two points of fourth place in the German top-flight with eight games left to play.
Darting into the final third from a central-midfield position is a hallmark of his game, with sharp acceleration and off-the-ball awareness making him a perfect player for a counter-attacking team.
An impeccable sense of timing isn’t the only string to his bow though.
His assist count for the campaign undermines his creativity around the box, an area of the pitch where he has demonstrated an instinct for knowing when a pass would be more beneficial than having a shot.
Two-footedness is another quality of his game shown through the goals he has registered.
Based on the evidence of this season, Malli is sure to prove another shrewd Mauricio Pochettino buy.