LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Fulham's Pavel Pogrebnyak (R) scores his second goal of the match during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on March 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
It was sadly humorous browsing through a number of message board posts and tweets strewn up in the aftermath of Bobby Zamora's departure from Fulham to Queens Park Rangers and Pavel Pogrebnyak's arrival from VFB Stuttgart.
If you didn't know any better, it would've seemed like Martin Jol traded a skilled player on the verge of breaking into England's first team for some nobody from the nether regions of Germany.
Three games laster, has anyone not been pleased with the return on investment? If so, stand up so you can be told to sit back down.
Pogrebnyak scored his fifth goal in three games on Sunday, becoming the first Fulham player to score goals in his first three games with the club. Not coincidentally, it was Fulham's first three game winning streak in the Premiership since the tail end of the beloved, Roy Hodgson-orchestrated Great Escape in 2008.
All five of Pogrebnyak's goals have been of the pleasant and/or useful variety. An opener at Stoke, a winner at, of all places, Loftus Road, and one scintillating hat trick against hapless Wolverhampton.
Pogrebnyak, of course, isn't really a nobody. He's a Russian international with 31 caps to his name. He was part of the Zenit St. Petersburg team that won the Russian Premier League in 2007, and the Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2008.
Oh, and he just happened to be the top scorer in the UEFA Cup during Zenit's run.
Success for Pogrebnyak, despite his recent goal-scoring troubles in the Bundesliga, should not be a surprise.
And, truly, for all of that goal-scoring prowess, it's not the reason why Jol brought him in nor the reason he has been, and will continue to be, a success at the Craven Cottage.
Found coming back into midfield, spearheading attacking movements, or simply running alongside the lively Andrew Johnson, Pogrebnyak was ubiquitous throughout Sunday's lopsided clash on the River Thames.
Controlling a cross in the box and laying it off to Philipe Senderos, who sliced a half-volley wide of net. Dropping off a lovely back-heel pass in midfield and continuing his run down the left flank. Just unilaterally useful.
Most defenses won't be the equivalent of Wolves and QPR, but his brutal effectiveness in, really, all facets of the game against such competition has been impossible to deny. While you can't expect it to go on forever, you certainly shouldn't expect his play to drop off the face of the earth.
Besides link-up play, the statuesque forward has physically been more than a match for most defenders. In his last two games, Pogrebnyak has drawn NINE fouls and only conceded two. For some perspective, Pogrebnyak drew four fouls against Wolves while the rest of the Fulham team drew five.
These are the types of things you could generally expect from Zamora as well. What you seem to see less of, at least in the early going, is that chip on the shoulder and some of the less savory aspects of his play. For as great as Zamora could be, he always exhibited a petulance that made initial rumors of he and Jol butting heads unsurprising.
Losing that, in and of itself, should make Jol's work in gradually reimagining the team all the easier.
It's fun to assume that every eastern European and far-off international will have a difficult adapting to play in the Premier League. Often, this is true. But sometimes, thankfully, you just happen to run into a Pavel Pogrebnyak.
As Kristian so succinctly stated in his report on the Wolverhampton match, "Europe anybody?"
Yes please. And preferably with a hint of Russian in the side.