Everton beat Cardiff City 1-0 at the weekend and again had Gylfi Sigurdsson to thank for all three points.
Although obviously a team effort, it was his goal that separated the two sides and moved the Toffees up into the top six.
The Iceland international has made a fantastic start to the new season under Marco Silva, who is using him in his best position as a number 10.
Sigurdsson has scored six Premier League goals so far in 2018/19 and made a couple of assists.
He’s already up on his goals tally from last season, which was something of an anomaly under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce, neither of whom played Sigurdsson centrally.
The best player outside the top six?
Sigurdsson really is playing some of his best football right now in a team that is growing in confidence as a collective.
A case can surely be made for him being the best player outside last season’s ‘big six’ Premier League teams.
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace would probably have something to say about that, but the Ivorian tends to stand out more due to being considerably better than his teammates.
Perhaps West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic is also up there, with the Austrian now something of a talismanic figure for the Irons.
Wolverhampton Wanderers maestro Ruben Neves has made a fine start to life in the English top flight but perhaps needs a little longer to hold a candle to Sigurdsson.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy may also have a case when on form.
Realistically though Sigurdsson is an excellent player who is always looking to make things happen.
While he can dazzle with his passing and shooting abilities, he also has that intelligence and spacial awareness that set him apart from the rest.