The rejuvenation of Daniel William John Ings, or Danny Ings to his friends, has been one of the most uplifting subplots of the season.
Injuries have plagued the Southampton forward's career in the past and witnessing the former Liverpool man complete a full campaign without any fitness issues has been joyous.
However, Ings hasn't just made up the numbers, he's also been one of the most lethal frontmen in the Premier League and he continued his unlikely charge for the Golden Boot with a fine goal against Everton on Thursday.
The strike was his 19th of the season - and it was bloody good as well.
Receiving a probing pass from Stuart Armstrong, Ings quickly rolled the ball from right to left making England international Jordan Pickford look a fool, before calmly slotting the ball home. He could have had a couple more if not for a combination of the woodwork and to be fair, the acrobatics of Pickford.
Not only did the goal move him within three of Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, it also took him into first position for the number of non-penalty strikes this season.
In fact, if Ings had been allocated as the Saints' spot kick taker and scored all three that Saints have been awarded he'd be neck and neck with the Leicester star. Food for thought for James Ward-Prowse, who missed his second penalty of the season against Everton.
No player has scored more non-penalty goals than Danny Ings (19) in the Premier League this season.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2020
In the hunt for the Golden Boot. pic.twitter.com/BiBecvV7Jw
Any proper stats nerds out there will appreciate this next record as well. Ings' strike against the Toffees means he has now opened the scoring on nine occasions this season, more than any other player in the Premier League (via Opta).
Whether Ings will actually get over the line and secure the Golden Boot remains to be seen. Regardless, it's been an absolute pleasure to watch terrorise defences this season.
Source : 90min