When Manchester United signed promising Roma starlet Davide Petrucci in 2008, it seemed the only route for the youngster was onwards and upwards. However, due to a number of unfortunate injuries his impact at the club has been significantly lessened.
The reaction from Roma supporters on his move to Manchester United spoke volumes over his potential. And a newspaper dedicated to AS Roma even proclaimed the transfer was a nightmare.
'It is a nightmare,' said Il Romanista.
'Manchester United have dealt us another low blow, stealing Petrucci from under our noses, probably the best product of our youth system. In three to four years, he will be worth 100 times as much.'
Nevertheless, due to the aforementioned injuries amongst other things, the prophecy was never fulfilled. Now the 22-year-old is most likely to be found playing amongst the United development squad, still waiting on a first-team chance.
Last month, the youngster was adamant he hadn't given up on a first-team call-up, however, he did declare himself willing for a loan move to get some competitive first-team football.
'Obviously it's still a dream for me to play here,' said Petrucci. 'I've never really had the chance.'
'I hope one day that I am given a chance to show if I can do something or not. I think if you are given an opportunity to show what you can do, it's down to you. Many young players have a chance and some take it while some don't. I never really had one. I hope one that that I do get it.'
'It's always good to be back here but, for me, I am at an age where another loan would be good and a move somewhere else to play first-team footbal. For the moment, I'm here and will see what happens next.'
So what next for the talented 22-year-old?
I personally believe a loan move to a promotion pushing Championship side would give him the best possible chance of getting noticed by the Manchester United hierarchy as his consistent performances for the under-21 side seem to be overlooked.
Nottingham Forest and Brighton look like the best options from the outside looking in, as both teams sit just on the outside of the play-offs. Both sides will be desperately looking to add that little bit of quality to be the difference for them in the run-in, which Petrucci could possibly provide.
If he was to do that he would no doubt put himself in the spotlight, much like Nick Powell at Wigan, and give himself a better chance of a future at Old Trafford.