Rabbi Matondo has been compared to plenty of players as he has broken through at Manchester City and Schalke.
But probably not Don Ratcliffe, until now.
Matondo joins Stoke City on a loan with a reputation for being one of the quickest players around so supporters have been recalling which players from the club’s past might give him a decent race.
Ratcliffe filled in almost everywhere for Stoke during his days under Tony Waddington but he flew on the left wing. When he got got into top gear there would be a cry from the Boothen End to open the gates because he might not have time to stop.
“Fastest winger I’ve ever seen in a Stoke shirt,” said Chris Seaton. “Terry Conroy was quick but not quite in Ratters’ league.”
Keith Ferneyhough added: “Don Ratcliffe could catch sparrows.”
There are other nominations too, with Mark Chamberlain getting plenty of mentions.
Those who were there for his debut against Arsenal in 1982 still remember how his speed and tricks -fresh from Division Four – got Kenny Sansom all tied up.
Lee Lycett said: “I loved him. He tore a few of the big teams’ defences up with his pace and skill. My first Stoke hero.”
There were shouts too for Marc Goodfellow, the youth graduate at the turn of the century, and Gudjon Thordaron’s right-back at that time, Mikael Hansson.
“I seem to remember Hansson was one of the fastest people in Sweden over 100m?” ponders Kev Pickerill.
“Wasn’t a bad full-back to be fair.”
Former Port Vale star Jan Jansson had recommended Hansson to John Rudge and a move for the then-31-year-old was in the pipeline before the Icelandic takeover.
When asked if he was the quickest thing on two feet in Sweden, he said: “If that’s what they want to say I won’t argue with them. But I have played all my career as a wing back and speed is a big part of my game.”
He’d been nicknamed Pike by his Dad’s Army-loving old Swedish team-mates because he couldn’t keep his mouth shut and he soon made an impression in England.
But he had to retire at the age of 34 after being plagued by knee injuries and he eventually became a football agent.
And then there was John Williams.
He played four games for Stoke on loan from Coventry in 1994, having been a postman before he was picked up by Swansea – where he became football’s sprint champion.
He represented Swansea in the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge, which was a competition organised by the League Cup sponsors to find the fastest player from all 92 clubs in 1991/92.
Stoke’s Tony Kelly was eliminated in the Central West heats and Williams was crowned champion ahead of the cup final at Wembley.
In boots and full kit, he recorded a winning time of 11.49 secs over 100m and picked up a cheque for £10,000. Up against him that day were Michael Gilkes (Reading), Tony Witter (QPR), Leigh Jenkinson (Hull), Adrian Littlejohn (Sheffield United), Efan Ekoku (Bournemouth) and Paul Fleming (Mansfield).
Maybe now Stoke have got Matondo up their sleeve it’s time to organise that again.