Dutch centre back Jeffrey Bruma was one of many players loaned out by Chelsea last season. The Dutch international had a very mixed campaign with Hamburg SV - as a series of poor performances saw him consistently criticised in the press.
His time at Chelsea was now up. After loan spells at Leicester City and of course a two year stint with Hamburg he had only made a handful of appearances for Chelsea - at the age of 21 and with his international career to think of he moved on.
But soon things were put into perspective. The criticism he received while in Germany or any hurt he felt at not being able to make it into the Chelsea first-team would have all paled in significance the moment he was told a prospected move to PSV Eindhoven was off.
Because he failed his first medical in Eindhoven after a heart condition was discovered by the staff at the Phillips Stadion.
He received huge support from the Chelsea fans at the time, after consultations with and tests with specialists were carried out.
It must have been a frightening experience, as not only was his career in jeopardy, but potentially his life.
Take it from somebody who has been in a similar position in the past (I had multiple tests on my heart after collapsing playing football) it is a scary feeling.
But thankfully, as with myself, Bruma was told his issue was not as serious as first feared, and that he could continue his career.
So he signed on the dotted line with PSV, and yesterday scored his first goal for the club.
He powered in the opening goal with a header against PEC Zwolle - in a game that ended up finishing 1-1.
But for Bruma, things such as the odd two points here and there probably mean a lot less now, after his recent brush with the medics table.
Here is the goal in question …
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