West Ham fringe man Lucas Perez was the surprise hero in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City in midweek, as he came off the bench to score his first two Premier League goals of the season.
The 30-year-old is yet to start a league game this campaign for the Hammers and struggled for minutes since his arrival in the summer from Arsenal.
But he reminded everyone at the London Stadium of his qualities with a two-goal cameo and he also netted twice during the club’s run to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
So has the penny finally dropped for Perez at West Ham?
The £80,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) finally made the most of a chance off the bench to prove his qualities and showed he can be clinical in front of goal.
That has surely put him in line for more opportunities under manager Manuel Pellegrini and an injury blow to a teammate could also work in his favour.
Talisman Marko Arnautovic was forced off injured against Cardiff and the Evening Standard reports he will miss the entire festive schedule.
Perez will now compete alongside Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll for the starting striker position, but should be confident after his impact in the league.
The Spaniard previously scored goals in La Liga and West Ham supporters may now well end up seeing the best side of him.
He can be successful if he shows great work-rate in attack and he’s got the left foot to be deadly in front of goal if given enough chances, which should be the case with creative wide men Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass alongside him.