Krzysztof Piatek continued his impressive form at AC Milan by becoming the first player to score in his first four starts in since 1998.
The 23-year-old forward has now found the net seven times in his opening six games for Milan since completing a €35m January transfer from Genoa.
Piatek’s incredible start at the San Siro has even already earned him comparisons with Rossoneri legend Andriy Shevchenko.
And the Poland international got Milan off the mark in Friday’s Serie A match against the lowly Empoli after a frustrating first-half.
Piatek put Milan ahead in the 49th-minute of the game from eight yards out to become the first player since Oliver Bierhoff in 1998 to score in his first four top-flight starts for the Italian club.
Franck Kessie added a second just two minutes later with Samu Castillejo capping things off for Gennaro Gattuso’s side with a fine goal to seal a 3-0 victory in front of their home supporters at the San Siro and extend their unbeaten run to eight Serie A games.
But once more all the plaudits went to the ever-impressive Piatek, who sits just one goal behind Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in second-place in the Serie A scoring charts with 18 goals.
“He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s also good at helping you to play well,” said Gattuso on the club website.
“He moves a lot and in the right way, he makes sacrifices for the team and runs a lot. We’re happy with him, then when he touches the ball, he scores. He needs to continue like this.”
The Rossoneri are fourth in the Serie A table and now just a point behind local rivals Inter Milan, who will play Fiorentina on Sunday.
But, for Gattuso, the priority now lies with Tuesday’s first leg at Lazio in their Coppa Italia semi-final clash.
“My focus is already on Tuesday,” said Gattuso.
“I thank the fans for their song. We still need to work a lot and there are more hills to climb.”