Glasgow Rangers signing Kemar Roofe from Belgian giants Anderlecht on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee in the summer may have raised some eyebrows.
After all, the Jamaican striker bagged seven times in 16 games during an injury-stricken season at the Brussels club, which may have given Rangers fans some cause for concern.
But, fast forward to the beginning of December, and the versatile forward has been directly involved in eight goals in just 13 games for Steven Gerrard’s side, including five goals and an assist in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, which is a pretty impressive return.
Whilst Roofe scored a strike for the ages from inside his own half against Standard Liege in the Europa League in October, it is his overall contribution that cannot go unnoticed.
Although he was largely starved of service, the 27-year-old was noticeably dropping deeper to try and bring others into play like Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, but at times he cut a frustrated figure as he was often left isolated on the right wing.
During his time at Leeds United, the Walsall-born striker was often tasked with leading the line as the lone frontman, but a look at his heatmaps so far this season shows a remarkable difference, as he isn’t afraid to drop into his own half and build up play from the back.
With Roofe seemingly the flavour of the month after Gerrard waxed lyrical about his “impressive” work rate, the Ibrox boss should seriously consider starting the Jamaican behind wily veteran Jermain Defoe to face Ross County at Victoria Park, as the poacher could turn provider by working hard to create space for others.
Once hailed as a “top professional” by former Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom, this campaign could see Roofe add another element to his game, and bring the best out of Defoe upfront.