Michael Owen has admitted Javier Hernandez's emergence at Manchester United has put him in the shade.
With his two-year contract due to expire in the summer, it is now anticipated Owen will be leaving Old Trafford, whether he helps the club to Premier League and Champions League glory or not.
And one of the reasons for that will be Hernandez's stellar form since his arrival at Old Trafford as a virtual unknown from Mexican club side Chivas. There are plenty who make a direct comparison between the 22-year-old's rapid movement and Owen.
The former England striker is not convinced it is true of his early days. But in more recent times, Owen accepts there are obvious similarities.
"I wouldn't say he is similar to how I was in the early stages of my career," reflected Owen. "But with injuries and the way I have adapted my game, he is probably quite similar to what I do now, apart from he is a bit sharper.
"He is 10 years younger of course, so maybe he is a better version of the current Michael Owen. Javier has been the surprise package this year without a doubt. He is certainly sharp and is a cracking lad as well. That probably isn't that important to the people who just want to see him scoring goals but it is important for those who are around him and at the club in general."