Paddy Davitt: Strikers are a special breed and Mbokani fits the bill for Norwich
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Put club allegiance to one side for a moment and ask yourself who is the Premier League's stand-out performer this season.
I dare say Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy would feature prominently on any list after claiming as many headlines as goals for their respective clubs, who now appear locked in a title race like no other in recent memory.
Kane needs little introduction in these parts to Norwich supporters, although the uncertain teen who left Norfolk after an unproductive couple of loan spells under Chris Hughton's tenure has been transformed into one of the most fearsome predators in Europe over these past couple of seasons.
Vardy's rise is no less meteoric. From The Walks to Wembley in a matter of seven years or so for the Leicester City frontman. Both, barring injury, will play leading roles in England's Euro 2016 bid at this summer's finals in France. Kane has 22 Premier League goals, Vardy 19.
They are phenomenal tallies by any measure for players operating in the most gruelling domestic league there is.
Not only are the duo an inspiration to any English player striving to mix it with the best of the continental imports, they also underline yet again the importance of a striker, a poacher, a finisher.
Stick whatever label you wish on the man at the top of the pitch entrusted with the task of scoring the goals that make the difference between success and failure.
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There is simple logic behind the reason why forwards, generally, cost big money in the transfer market. They are a priceless commodity; they are also scarce.
Leicester's rise and rise may be forged on a defensive meaness and the wily tactical approach of Claudio Ranieri, but it is Vardy's goals, ably assisted by Riyad Mahrez, which mean the Foxes are dreaming of title glory and not just an improbable top half finish.
Norwich harbour more modest ambitions over coming weeks, but in Dieumerci Mbokani they may have the attacking talisman lacking since Grant Holt's heyday.
Mbokani was on full power against Newcastle United in a display Alex Neil labelled 'magnificent'; not just for the unstoppable shot that was past Karl Darlow before he could adjust, but in the manner he bullied the Magpies' centre-backs and set the tone in a first period which could have brought him two goals.
The on-loan Dynamo Kiev striker has notched five goals from 12 Premier League starts, plus 12 cameos from the bench. A modest total at face value but enough evidence perhaps after a season to acclimatise and adapt to the unique demands of the Premier League Norwich may have sourced a player who can offer a genuine cutting edge.
Events on the pitch between now and the end of the campaign will dictate whether Neil opts to exercise the option to turn Mbokani's stay into a permanent one. It would come as no surprise to see Norwich's summer recruitment drive focus on attracting the firepower they require to harness sustained upward mobility.
Look back at every Premier League season Norwich have contested since 2004 and only once did a striker reach double figures.
Holt's 15-goal tally in that first season back in the big time under Paul Lambert underpinned a smooth passage to survival.
City were never in any real danger of an immediate return to the Championship. They are doing everything now in their power to follow the same path over the final six league games.
Central to that objective, you sense, is Mbokani and his ability to re-produce the intensity and potency that helped overwhelm Newcastle United.