Robbie Neilson will be hoping to find out next season how hard Paul McMullan can make life for Premiership defenders.
But for the moment, the Dundee United manager believes Championship opponents are struggling to cope with the forward’s out-and-out pace.
Ayr United defenders had to resort to calculated fouls to stop the former Dunfermline man bursting into the box on Friday night – with three of them booked for their challenges.
Neilson’s faith in a player who was in and out of the United side under Csaba Laszlo is being repaid – whether it’s when McMullan plays through the middle or out wide.
And the 23-year-old, who recently signed a new contract, has plenty of room for improvement at Tannadice.
“I like him,” said the Tangerines’ boss. “I’ve said that from day one.
“He’s got attributes that very few players in Scotland have got.
“When he’s got the ball and he’s running at you one-on-one, it’s hard to stop.
“We’ve seen him do that a few times. His goal (the winner against Ayr) was a great strike.
“I think there’s still a lot to come from him. See if you get him on the half turn, nobody’s catching him in this league.”