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Rickie Lambert is not a glamorous forward.
He is the type of player who prioritises hard work, determination and dedication before brushing his hair. The 31-year-old has only played one full Premier League season, but after netting 15 goals in the 2012-13 top flight, his stock rose enough to see him included in the recent England squad for the friendly match against Scotland.
Lambert's fairytale continued to proceed.
Coming off the bench as a late substitute, the powerful forward brilliantly headed the winner in a match that would go on to finish 3-2. He scored with his first touch, playing out the real-life dreams of many across the country.
In his next match, he smashed home a last-minute penalty to grab three points for Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton in the 1-0 away win against West Brom. His start to the season couldn't be any better.
The forward from Kirkby highlights the drive and belief it takes to succeed at the top. Although he isn't blessed with frightening pace or unbelievable skill, this is an individual who has honed his tools into a physical, precise and deadly combination.