Not only was the £11.5m fee more or less equivalent to the club’s entire turnover when winning promotion to the Premier League against all the odds but the 22-year-old had just one year of scoring goals in top-flight football to his name.
“A result like that is great because a lot of people have written us off already,” said captain Smith. “That sort of thing does just go over our heads. We just focus on ourselves and do what we are good at. We know what we are and we enjoy it. That is all you can ask for. Everyone saw against Palace how well we can play when we want to but we won’t be getting carried away.”
Fast forward to the opening day of the season, however, and that outlay to secure Mounie’s services from Ligue 1 side Montpellier looks a bargain.
It meant, when Mounie pounced on a pass from Collin Quaner to score his second 11 minutes from time, there was to be no denying the Premier League new boys a deserved three points.