Diego Costa has been letting the Daily Star in on the secrets behind his seamless transition to life as a Premier League top-goalscorer candidate.
As may have expected, his revelations were anything but revelatory, with the Brazilian suggesting that playing alongside Cesc Fabregas was key to him picking up the scent in front of goal.
Scoring partnerships have come a long way since the Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips-typified big man/little man combos of the two-up-front heyday.
Most sides now employ a sole striker, meaning the nature of their main goal-getting connections have mutated in many different directions since the days when Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were savaging defences at Manchester United.
Here are some of the best operating in the English top flight at present, or at least until very recently…
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – Chelsea
The Spanish twosome have set about teaching incumbent creators and goalscorers a thing or two since arriving in west London leading the assist and goal charts respectively by wide margins.
Costa has benefited to the tune of five Fabregas setups in the league this term no one player in the division has netted more often from a single source.
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Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool
Liverpool fans have not seen as much as they might have liked of this particular telepathy this term thanks to their striker’s fragility.
However, Gerrard set up five of Sturridge’s 22 league hits last term, making the skipper his leading provider – an exciting prospect over the remainder of the campaign.
Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane – Tottenham
The Belgian wide-man has been in and out of the Spurs first team this term for one reason or another, but one man who will be glad to see him back is Kane.
Four of the five assists Chadli has to his name so far in 2014/15 have set up the in-form Lilywhites centre forward.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony – Swansea (RIP)
If Manchester City had known signing the Ivorian was breaking up the Premier League’s best scoring partnership they may have signed the Icelander too.
Sigurdsson had laid on an unparalleled 31 per cent of Bony’s strikes this term when their connection was severed.