Manager Keith Hill has singled out Chris O'Grady for special praise following Rochdale's fine start to the season.
Hill's men have acclimatised well to life in the third tier after last season's promotion and head to MK Dons this weekend in search of a fourth straight league win.
The contribution of striker O'Grady has proved crucial to their success, according to Hill.
"Chris O'Grady has been awesome for us," said the Dale boss.
"He's very difficult to defend against because he has a little bit of everything.
"To my mind, he is at least a Championship standard centre forward - he's powerful, he has pace and he has goals in him."