If Everton's Player of the Season award was handed out now, it seems unlikely the club would bother setting up an online voting system for fans to have their say.
Because, as Saturday's comeback victory over Sunderland proved, one man has been the driving force behind the Toffees' push towards the upper echelons of the Premier League table.
That's not to say that Everton's impressive form hasn't been the result of a big team effort.
English trio Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman have all been consistently excellent so far, summer signing Kevin Mirallas has injected David Moyes' side with much-needed pace and the rest of the squad have all contributed hugely during the opening three months of the campaign.
But it's the giant Belgian, Marouane Fellaini, who stands head and shoulders above his own teammates—and arguably everyone else in the division—after a sparkling start to the 2012/13 season.
Here are five reasons why the Blues must keep hold of their star man if they're to challenge for another shot at the Champions League.