Radamel Falcao’s 62nd-minute winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Everton was the Colombian’s first Premier League goal and he’ll now set about chasing Diego Costa down in the race to be the division’s top scorer.
A monster price of 18/1 says the man on loan from Monaco outscores his peers this term, with former colleague Costa heading the market at 4/5.
It’s unsurprising to see the Spazilian striker at odds-on even at this relatively early stage after he’s spent the embryonic stages of his Blues’ existence rattling in the goals with alarming frequency.
The £32m former Atletico Madrid man has plundered nine goals from seven league outings.
This has put a heavily-padded eight-goal cushion between him and Falcao and Costa has shown no signs of misplacing his shooting boots.
His cracker-bread hamstrings aren’t quite as reliable as his record of beating opposing keepers is though.
Jose Mourinho has spoken at length about his talisman’s inability to start two games a week and, as fatigue increases in accordance with the season’s lengthening, spells on the sidelines are inevitable.
Stints in the sick bay won’t just stop the 25-year-old taking the field, they’ll also curtail the momentum that he clearly thrives off.
Costa notched 35 times for Atleti last term in La Liga and Champions League action in 2013/14, but found the net just once in his last six after his hamstring niggles took affect.
Injury-proneness has steamrollered any hopes 9/2-second-favourite Sergio Aguero has harboured of lifting the top goal-getter gong in the past too.
But the biggest cause for optimism turning the dream turbines of the Falcao backers is the fact that he tends do most of his league net-rustling in the latter part of the campaign.
The Colombian marksman has burst out of the blocks bearing arms just once since trading South American soccer for the European equivalent.
This was in his final season on Los Colchoneros’ books; he scored 17 of his 28 in total prior to Christmas.
Competitive tallies of 25 (in his first year at Porto) and 24 (in his first at Atletico) were registered in other campaigns, with 15 of the latter tally being struck after the annual decking of the halls.
Conceded, it is improbable, but it’s certainly not impossible for a goalscorer of Falcao’s pedigree to topple the field in his latest Golden Boot quest and rates a decent long shot in these circumstances.