Mario Mandzukic is a bit of a late bloomer; only recently has he shot to prominence, and within one year he has established himself among the very, very best.
It started with him showing his versatility for Croatia during Euro 2012, starring as a deep-lying forward, aerial threat and dogged tracker of Andrea Pirlo.
He took advantage of Mario Gomez's injury to start the season on fire, and has won the Bayern crowd's hearts with good teamwork and dedication to the cause.
He presses off the ball to win possession high up the pitch, drops into possession, and drifts wide in intelligent fashion to help his team create overloads on the flanks.
A lot of what Bayern do revolves around finding mismatches and opening pockets of space; Mandzu is now integral to this.