Wilfried Zaha was at this stage last year coming off winning his first England senior cap, and gave an interview to The Mail which compared him to Messi and Ronaldo.
The player insisted his words had been taken out of context, and they were mangled somewhat - but it's fair to say his stock has dropped somewhat since then.
That seems unthinkable, considering he clinched a £15 million move to Manchester United, and helped fire Crystal Palace into the Premier League, with a particularly notable brace in the play-off semi-final second leg against Brighton and Hove Albion.
On United's pre-season tour it appeared to be going well, and then suddenly when the real business kicked off - he found himself omitted from the first team set up.
He has not played a single minute of Premier League football since arriving, a quite astounding situation, playing in just the Community Shield and a Capital One Cup victory over Norwich City.
On a social networking site today, he offered a not so cryptic clue as to his state of mind - and we hope we like the Mail aren't taking his words out of context, because applied to his career they seem perfectly apt.
No success without struggle ..gotta keep at it http://t.co/mXwyoY6aTJ— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) November 28, 2013
The recently turned 21-year-old has been linked with countless loan moves ahead of the transfer window, and that might just be the best thing for his career in the short-term, to go somewhere he will play regularly, but if he can force his way in at United then sticking around will be far more worthwhile - yet it is a gamble for the flip side is this ends up an entirely wasted season.
His message above shows a positive attitude, that he is continuing to work hard, as the situation must be tough to deal with for a youngster who was hyped up as English football's next savour ahead of his big move.
He must have thought it would all slot into place for him, and this may just be David Moyes' style of tough love, to show him he has to work for success in football. It could just be the making of him.
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