It can't have been an easy summer for Mladen Petric; released by Fulham at the beginning of it he had to watch on anxiously as the transfer window came to a close and he was still without a club.
Fortunately the Croatian international's impressive CV, and positive start at Craven Cottage last season meant when West Ham found themselves a man short in the striking department - they came calling for him.
Petric was handed another chance for the Hammers on Tuesday night in a Capital One Cup game at home to Cardiff City, following the 27 minutes he played as sub in the loss to Everton.
While West Ham raced into a 2-0 lead, by the time half-time came Cardiff had pegged them back to 2-1 and Petric was introduced.
He came on for the Modibo Maiga, who had provided one goal but been disappointing in from of it himself.
Cardiff scored a second half equaliser via Peter Odemwingie before Ricardo Vaz Te struck a winner.
Petric's lack of match sharpness showed, unable to make a telling impact and still seeking to get on the same wavelength as teammates, which is quite understandable at this point - although fans will hope he can get up to speed as soon as possible.
Not that fans should be too harsh on him, for the striker is clearly his own biggest critic - as his post match tweet showed.
Glad we won but i'm not happy with my game today.— Mladen Petrić (@mladen_petric) September 24, 2013
The fact he acknowledged he is not quite there yet is a positive, and his social media comment after the game indicates he is aware of pressure that he needs to step it up.
At this point it's best for him to expect a spot on the bench this weekend away to Hull City, and hope he can show a sign of improvement there.
West Ham fans what did you make of Petric's debut?
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