Many could be forgiven for forgetting Jeffrey Bruma is still a Chelsea player, or indeed ever was one at all. He has only made four appearances for the Blues despite being at the club since the age of 16.
He is currently on his third loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, at Hamburg in Germany where he was tempted by former Chelsea technical director Frank Arnesen, who bought Michael Mancienne and Gokhan Tore from the club permanently.
After an impressive campaign last season, he was brought back for a second spell by the club, but the past fortnight has seen a real turn for the worse.
Bruma was part of the Hamburg side which was crushed 9-2 by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich two weekends ago, with Jupp Heynckes side relentless in their march to the title.
The Dutch defender did score one of his side's consolation goals in the match, but it mattered little, and he has not featured for the first team since.
On Saturday he was an unused substitute as Hamburg went down 1-0 at home to Freiburg, their third consecutive defeat.
The worst though was yet to come. Bruma found himself ushered into action one day later, for Hamburg's reserve side, and the results were not pretty either.
Hamburg's reserve team currently sit bottom of their division, with 16 points with 22 games. In desperate times, coach Rodolfo Cardoso asked for 'help from above.' He may wish he hadn't bothered.
Six first team players were 'released' to play with the second string, against BSV Rehden. Jeffrey Bruma was one of them, along with former Chelsea defender Slobodan Rajkovic and another ex-Blues trainee, Italian midfielder Jacobo Sala.
Completing the six were Czech international Petr Jiracek, Lam Zhi Gin, and Serbian midfielder Gojko Kacar.
Despite their help, Hamburg II were soundly beaten 4-1, with Bruma playing 90 minutes at centre-back and being booked for his troubles.
It capped off a humiliating few weeks for the Dutchman, who will not feel he has done his prospects any favours.
In the grander scheme of things, life is certainly not terrible for Bruma. He remains contracted to Chelsea until 2014, and has made 18 appearances for Hamburg this season.
He remains only 21-years-old and is picking up valuable experience and hard knocks in a very competitive league. He has received three senior Holland caps this season, and will feel he is in with a strong chance of picking up dozens more.
What he needs now is to bounce back from this low point and hope to end the season well, and earn one more shot at Chelsea, if they are open to considering it.
Does Bruma have a future at Chelsea or will he be sold in the summer?
image: © jikatu