Jeremie Aliadiere was the Arsenal star in waiting who never was. He was billed as a future Anelka or Henry, but his career never took off.
He showed only glimpses at Arsenal, before being loaned to Celtic, West Ham and Wolves - each spell as unproductive as the last.
He was eventually sold to Middlesbrough, another unsatisfactory experience, leaving English football in 2010.
A cruciate knee injury could then have ended his career, but he has bounced back - with Lorient in France.
Now he is in the form of his life, and has even attracted the attention of Premier League clubs - with Newcastle linked in January.
Quizzed about the possibility, the former Gunner was quite adamant about his intentions.
He said: "In my career I never had this continuity. I'm Playing well and do not want to lose this rhythm.
"Back to England? I talked to my agent, my idea would be not to come back in the Premier League."
Well that's a firm no then. And you can hardly blame him. Aliadiere has reached double goalscoring figures for the first ever time in his career in a season, with 18 league goals.
He also has 11 assists for Lorient this season, and it's no wonder he is enjoying himself. To ruin it now would be unnecessary.
At 30 he is making up for lost time and it is great to see. He has even been tipped for a France international call-up.
Fulfilling his promise is long overdue, but the striker is proof that talent will shine through if you work hard enough and do not give up.
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