Liverpool have wrapped up their first major signing of the summer, bringing in Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino in a deal that could be worth £29m.
Firmino has risen to prominence after a couple of incendiary seasons in the Bundesliga, culminating in his Brazil debut last November.
Having proven his chops anywhere across the trio of a 4-2-3-1 in domestic action, he has largely been employed as a centre forward by Selecao coach Dunga.
Hoffenheim more often used him as a number ten last season when he registered seven goals and ten assists in 2918 minutes across 33 league appearances.
Both tallies put his Anfield-based countryman Philippe Coutinho’s spectacular yet select 2014/15 (five and five) output firmly in the shade.
However, while he has clearly excelled as both a number nine and ten, there is reason to suspect that he remains at his best on the left-hand side of attack, either in the foremost three of a 4-3-3 or in the penultimate band of a 4-2-3-1.
Firmino’s output in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season, when he spent the majority of his time on the flank, dwarves his numbers for the campaign just gone.
Across an identical amount of games and a single minute more league football he contributed 16 goals and 11 assists to the cause.
Given such a spike in finding the back of the net, it might be that Brendan Rodgers would be wise to employ his new signing on the left of an attacking three.
Doing so would echo the fluid front trio of the 2013/14 campaign, with Firmino playing the Luis Suarez role next to Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi, with Danny Ings on the right.
The new signing is 17/20 to bag over 13.5 Premier League goals in 2015/16 and the same price to create more than 9.5 for his teammates.