Dele Alli has set himself a target of scoring 20 Premier League goals for Tottenham this season
It is a feat only ever achieved from midfield by Frank Lampard and Yaya Toure, two of the world's best players in that position in the modern era.
What is remarkable is that it is now the earnest and entirely achievable aim of an impishly-grinning player barely out of his teens with his full-length trousers rolled up so that they only just cover his knees.
"I set myself a target of 15 at the start of the season," he said. "I've got 17 now, 14 in the league, so definitely I am going to try to get to 20.
"I wanted to add goals into my game and the formation, the way we play at Tottenham this season has allowed me to be higher up the pitch and get goals and assists. Hopefully I can help the team and chip in with some more goals."
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Alli's mixed-zone fashion sense is as idiosyncratic as his playing style, which in turn is precisely why Gareth Southgate envisages building his England team with this prodigy's invention very much at the core.
He insists the clothing statement is not an attempt to show off black and blue calves from the kicking he got against Lithuania – one which at no point provoked any reaction. Clearly, he really is growing up.
"It's something that's happened since I've been at Milton Keynes," he said. "There were a lot of players that put in hard tackles there, it's something I'm used to now. It's something I enjoy! If it's going to help the team and get us free-kicks, I don't mind it.
"You have to change your game to the opposition, be prepared to fight, to challenge and to get challenged.
Dele Alli takes a shot at goal during England's 2-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley
"Lithuania were never going to make it easy for us, they had a game plan and it was clear to see what they were trying to do. So it was important we stuck to our game plan and got the win."
The frankness of his responses to difficult questions about his temper comes easily and is based on one unassailable fact which is among the first things everybody who knows him well has to say of Alli. Media comment, fan abuse, criticism…he does not give a monkey's about any of it.
The same confidence that enables him to try some of his more exotic tricks of just two years in the top flight means that whatever is written or said about him genuinely sails over his head. Except, that is, when it is delivered by the people that matter.
"A lot of people tell me off!" he said. "I have a lot of great people around me. They give me advice whenever I need it. They know me as a person so they know that's the way I am. They don't say too much about it."
Coupled with his imaginative mind is an engine that took him out beyond even Tottenham's ultra-fit squad during Mauricio Pochettino's intensive pre-season sessions and which, coupled with Adam Lallana's similar energy levels, is the secret behind Southgate's vision for future England teams.
Everton star Ross Barkley in action during an England training session
So far that has meant no room for Ross Barkley, but the England manager is adamant that his time will come as he sees him as another with that unconventional thinking which unlocks international defences.
"I had a good chat with Ross on Saturday to explain why we did not bring him in the other day against Germany," Southgate said. "He will be a little bit frustrated not to have got on against Lithuania. He was a player I wanted to get into the game on Sunday.
"Firstly, he has earned his call-up into the squad by playing well for Everton. He is a player who can make things happen.
"Unfortunately against Lithuania I felt we needed to stretch them and to create space for the likes of Dele and Adam to play. It would have meant bringing on another player who plays in front of the defence if I had brought Ross into it.
"But we like him. He is a talented player and he has just got to keep working well."