Then again, these traits were already apparent four years ago when he debuted for Nigeria, and set the world alight at the U20 World Cup in Colombia. Since then, toughened up by spells at centre-forward for CSKA, Musa has bulked up quite noticeably – all the better to battle muscle-bound centre-backs with – and has the best movement off the ball in the national side.

His first touch is also much improved. Playing on the left, this makes him a useful asset for switches of play, where he can isolate a full-back and either come inside to link up or shoot, or go down the outside with his searing pace.

If there is an element of anarchy to his play which occasionally infuriates, it is a double-edged sword. Attacking is, after all, about breaking the opposition’s defensive links—if positional play and intricate passing fail to do the trick, a little chaos factor serves to pick the lock.

This unique blend of qualities, albeit dappled with slight imperfections, make Ahmed Musa indispensable to the national team. When Sunday Oliseh reveals his starting 11 to face Tanzania on the 5th of September, you can be sure Musa’s name will be there, just as you can be sure it will be received with a sigh and a shrug. Five goals already this season in nine games for CSKA Moscow is proof-positive we cannot begrudge him.

He may not be everyone’s cup of tea but, Vincent Enyeama aside, Musa is the first name on the Super Eagles team list.