Luka Jovic has been putting the ball in the back of the net for Eintracht Frankfurt right, left and centre this season – quite literally.
The Serbian striker is one of Europe's most coveted forwards and a look at his exploits for the Eagles soon makes it clear why. In 23 Bundesliga games this season, he has scored 15 goals. Add in the seven in 10 UEFA Europa League outings and you get the drift. However, those are just the raw statistics which do not tell the full story of just how brilliant the 21-year-old is.
Unlike many strikers, who play to one particular strength, Jovic is the all-round real deal – a defender's proverbial nightmare – or in the words of team-mate Filip Kostic: "unbelievable". Dig deeper into his stats and you will see why. Of his 15 Bundesliga goals, six have come with his left foot, six with his right while three have been headers.
Watch: all of Jovic's 15 Bundesliga goals this season
He scores with every 4.4 shots, converting almost three quarters of his big chances, and it is no surprise that five of his goals have come on the counter-attack – something he often instigates and finishes with his top speed of 21 mph matching that of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. With an average of 6.1 miles covered per game – including 21 sprints – it is no wonder defenders struggle to keep up with him, and why he rips holes in opponents' rearguards – thus helping his fellow partners in crime Ante Rebic and Sebastien Haller produce similarly startling scoring statistics.
More often than not, defenders only have one option: commit a foul. Indeed, of his 56 attempted dribbles, Jovic has won 25 times and been fouled on 29 occasions, and his average of 38.6 touches per game is only further evidence of how much of an integral figure Jovic has become in Frankfurt's game under Adi Hütter.
As Jovic prepares to face his parent club Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, his performances are ensuring that the Eagles have not one but two potential routes into the UEFA Champions League next season, with the Bundesliga top four now within touching distance for a high-flying Frankfurt, inspired by an outstanding Serbian striker whose name is on the tips of everybody's tongues.