I'll defer to your knowledge but I thought he really did not get much attention as a top player until he joined Marseille at 25 or 26 while before that he played at lower league or smaller French clubs.
But I do agree they really don't have much in common. Personally I'm still not sure he'll live up to his price tag but as we've both said what was spent is water under the bridge. But I also think he's starting to improve. His hold up play is getting better as is his distribution. But most important his movement or ability to be in a position to take chances is getting better. For me like Suarez he just needs to be more clinical although 2 in his last 3 matches ain't bad.