West Ham manager David Moyes believes record signing Marko Arnautovic is "a little bit of a Zlatan", as the Austrian enjoys a rich vein of form.
The former Stoke City forward has scored nine goals and added four assists in his last 14 games as he looks to help the Hammers stay in the Premier League, most recently setting up Javier Hernandez's equaliser in their morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Arnautovic will be hopeful of delivering another decisive performance on Monday against his old club, who are six points from safety with five matches remaining.
And Moyes claims Arnautovic can extend his influence beyond the pitch and assume a leadership role, drawing comparisons with Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"He is a little bit of a Zlatan inasmuch as the players look to him," Moyes said.
"He's getting to an age now where he's going to influence players, and he's going to have to influence players around him, so he needs to be doing it by his leadership and performance. His performances have done it in many ways."
Initially, however, the former Everton, Sunderland and Manchester United boss was worried he would not be able to coax the best form out of Arnautovic, who had struggled in his first four months at the club, often being criticised for his poor work-rate.
"I was concerned, because I'd seen him play for Stoke sometimes and I didn't think he did all the running back defensively," Moyes added.
"I was saying 'I'm coming to a team in the bottom three and if I'm not going to get all the players running, we're going to be in difficulty.'"
However, utilising Arnautovic as a striker – despite having spent most of his career on the flanks – proved a masterstroke.
"That's why we had to find something which meant that maybe he wasn't quite as exposed to having to double-up, help the full-back out," Moyes said.
"We had to find a way of getting Marko into a different system. And we played around with it, it wasn't rocket science.
"We didn't go out there with it really planned. He was the one that showed us, and going to centre-forward freed him up a little bit. I got him to run and close things down, and show that he really had that capability.
"He's someone who needs the confidence, but I think he also needs the understanding of how you get to the levels you've got to."
22. November 2018
|I should have faced Mourinho – Casillas rues Real Madrid fall-out|
|Kubica handed Williams drive for 2019|
|Hansen rings the changes for Italy clash|
|Zabaleta: West Ham need Nasri´s quality|
|Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: 2018-19 signings compared|
|Guardiola can repeat Barcelona success at Man City - Xavi|
|Harris not worried about previous Langer criticism|
|Blazers routed by Bucks, Warriors lose again|
|Nowitzki looking at December return after long recovery from ankle surgery|
|Australia, England and South Korea share World Cup of Golf lead|
|Warm welcome from Cavs ´means a lot´ to LeBron|
|LeBron helps Lakers past Cavs in Cleveland return|
|Guardiola: Premier League has improved me as a manager|
|WATCH: Cavs´ tribute video for LeBron does him justice in return to Cleveland|
|Harris, Tremain earn Australia Test spots|
|Mourinho would´ve won titles at Man City – Drogba|
|Cowboys WR Gallup set to play on Thursday after death of brother|
|Sutton re-signs with Rabbitohs for 2019|
|Chelsea legend Drogba confirms retirement at 40|
|England on track to be the world´s best in Tests - Root|
|Aubameyang ´trying to get fit´ for Bournemouth clash|
21. November 2018
|Tenerife streak halted by PAOK as Bologna roll on|
|FIFA president Infantino pledges best ever World Cup in Qatar|
|India favourites after ´one of the worst years´ for Australia - Warne|
|Klaassen: Impossible to compare me to Kroos, Xavi|
|Guardiola eyeing future international job|
|Trubisky doubtful for Bears´ Thanksgiving game|
|O´Neill planning ´next adventure´ after leaving Republic of Ireland|
|Premier League: Brexit should not be used to weaken squads|
|16 balls, 14 boundaries, 74 runs - Shahzad steals show in T10 opener|
|WATCH: Patrice Evra plays with poultry in bizarre Thanksgiving message|
|Packers star Rodgers pledges $1m to California wildfire relief|
|Klitschko worried for boxing´s Olympic future|
|Lewandowski back in Bayern training as Davies joins new team-mates|
|Hogg fit for much-changed Scotland|
|Former Arsenal striker Bendtner faces 50 days in prison over taxi driver assault|
|Athletic extend Muniain contract to 2024|
|Kohli ready to move on after narrow defeat|
|PSG to wait for Neymar, Mbappe injury updates|
|Icardi hopeful of Messi return for Copa America|
|Cavs star Love expects to be out until 2019|
|Ricciardo terrified by Renault switch|
|Under-fire Taylor calls for PFA structure review|
|McLaren reveal one-off livery for Alonso´s last race|
|Samir Nasri training with West Ham amid reports of free transfer|
|Guardiola warned over derby clash comments|
|Stoinis sees Australia to T20 win against India|
|Modric not deserving of Ballon d´Or – Cavani|
|F1 Raceweek: Alonso ends on 312 races, Raikkonen a Ferrari great - Abu Dhabi GP in numbers|
|Neymar made a mistake leaving Barcelona for PSG, insists Edmilson|
|O´Neill and Keane leave Republic of Ireland after relegation|
|WATCH: Maxwell hits Spidercam with sliced shot in Australia-India T20|
|Rafinha wants Barca exit due to ´crazy´ Valverde selections – Mazinho|
|France to wear rainbow laces in support of Thomas following attack|
|You need to stop this – Cavani slams media over supposed Neymar feud|
|Anderson rested for final Test|
|Tite applauds Seedorf for Cameroon´s style of play|
|Griezmann not obsessed with Ballon d´Or|
|Neymar feels injury is ´nothing serious´|
|Durant says Green altercation won´t impact his free agency|
|Morris blasts drama surrounding Wizards: It´s messed up|
|Scaloni thrilled for Dybala, Icardi|
|Green´s last-second shot keeps Raptors atop East standings|
|Deschamps praises Griezmann for Giroud gesture|
|Warriors star Curry improving, still out at least three more games|
|Chile 4 Honduras 1: Sanchez, Vidal shine for La Roja|
|Argentina 2 Mexico 0: Icardi, Dybala score first international goals|
|Mickelson calls Tiger the greatest of all time|
|Durant fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language|
|Fizdale isn´t concerned about Knicks´ losing streak|