What we saw from Suso in run up to Milan's first goal against Genoa was nothing new. Outfoxing his defender, cutting inside and unleashing a left-foot thunderbolt to beat a stunned goalkeeper.
Genoa fans who travelled up to Milan to watch their side lose 2-1 to an agonising late goal might remember him a little differently.
The Spanish winger spent his formative years in Italy on loan with the Rossoblu, still a fresh-faced 21-year-old.
Back then he was confident, sure, and skilled, no doubt, with a penchant for the spectacular. But these days there's more of an end product to back up the flashy game he showed when he first hit these shores.
Playing for Genoa back in the 2015-16 season he scored six goals in 20 appearances, which on the face of things is a passable ratio. However, all six of those goals come in only three matches. Three against relegated Frosinone, two at Sampdoria and one against Palermo. Otherwise his contributions were minor, as he registered only one assist that year.
Now through five Coaches, three owners and countless players he is the picture of consistency at Milan. Through the turbulent years of change, his place on the right flank is assured.
With nine of his last goals in Serie A coming from outside the box, he is earning a reputation for his wonder goals, with the end of career highlight reel looking in good shape.
But it's his creativity that has really got the Rossoneri ticking. He leads everyone in Europe's top leagues in assists, his total of seven already matching his figure from last season, with a hat-trick of assists against Chievo a standout performance this season.
Of course, it helps having a world class striker to feed. The most common goal combination in Serie A this season has been the one that sees the Spaniard set up summer signing Gonzalo Higuain.
The Spaniard feels he is playing the best football of his career, and it’s difficult to argue with him. He sits with esteemed company, as both he and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have made the most goal contributions in the league this season.
All the more amazing for Milan, considering the pittance of €1.3m they paid Liverpool for his development fee and the fact he rejected city rivals Inter.
Suso has spoken of his admiration for players like Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and childhood hero Kaka. He rightly acknowledges he is not in the same class as those he admires. But it is more than talent that keeps him out of the conversation.
On the big stage, those players take over big games. Suso is yet to have too many big game performances in wearing red and black.
Of the 11 goal contributions he has made this season, only one has come against a team one would consider a rival of Milan; an assist in a 3-2 loss to Napoli. In games against Roma and Inter his contributions were limited.
In games against Roma and Inter he was increasingly anonymous, as he looking increasingly like a flat track-bully. Great against Chievo, Sassuolo and Atalanta, not so much the bigger ones.
They are games that need to be won of course, but the way he took over the Milan derby two years ago, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw are the moments everyone remembers. His super strike to see them over the line against Sampdoria on the weekend is a good start.
Through his breakout years at Liverpool, loans at Almeria and Genoa and now his several seasons with Milan, it is easy to forget he is only 24-years-old. Set to become a father for the first time later this month, he is growing up on and off the pitch.
With perspective it is clear to see how far he has come since his days with Genoa. As he further refines his game, he will have an impact at the top level. And Milan will be all the better for it.
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