When James Tavernier scored yet another two goals, the Bradford-born right back not only soared to the top of the club scoring charts, but that of the country too, and not only that, but he’s joint top for assists as well.
The club captain, 29, is enjoying quite clearly his best spell in football, period, and we do recall making that point some many weeks ago, and being mocked by at least one of our readers for doing so.
Instead, Tavernier has grown from strength to strength, and has improved under this manager especially during this campaign in ways fans would never have believed and even Stevie Gerrard might have not expected.
His stats are just ridiculous:
8 SPL goals. 6 assists. Top of both charts.
Total goals for the season 12, and assists 9.
His numbers this season are into the mind-blowing region, because while the assists are extraordinary for a RB, the goals are just stupid.
Yes, we know, a lot of them are penalties – five of his SPL goals are pens, and one of his UEL goals is, but does that matter?
A goal is a goal however it’s scored, and in fact we could praise the man for being this insanely clinical from the spot.
However, if you add his performances on the pitch outwith goals and assists, there’s a case to say he’s by a distance the most dramatically improved player in the country, and a strong contender for player of the year already.
His contribution to this club in 20/21 has been breathtaking, and it’s no surprise whatsoever he won player of the month for September.
To have a total of 21 goals and assists by early November is quite simply absurd.