Sunderland manager Steve Bruce hailed the form of big-money summer signing Darren Bent after the striker scored twice in the 4-1 win at home to Hull City.
The 25-year-old has netted four times in five games for the Black Cats and is already showing the form that has seen him win international caps for England in the past.
Bruce said: "You can see he is enjoying playing here, he is enjoying playing football again, he is enjoying being Sunderland's centre-forward.
"I have been trying all summer to get him here because there aren't many centre-forwards.
"When you look at it and analyse it, there aren't many playing in the Premier League, so he must have an outside chance if he can keep producing the form he is in at the moment.
"The last World Cup, he got 22 goals for Charlton and didn't go, which I know upset him.
"But he can only just do his talking on the pitch and see where he gets to."