Tottenham Hotspur's Tom Carroll has long been heralded as one of the brightest young talents at the club.
Last season he made 14 appearances for the Spurs first-team, although the majority of those came from the bench as well as in the cup competitions. He was often viewed in goal-of-the-season videos as the man that supplied Gareth Bale with the ball before his wonder-strike at West Ham.
This year it was expected that the England under-21 midfielder would take in a loan at a Premier League club to get further top level playing time.
As it turned out, he arrived at QPR, managed by former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and always destined to be there or thereabouts with regards to the Championship summit. Although he has managed 24 appearances this season, an ankle injury in October saw him miss almost two months and set him back in terms of fitness and form.
It has been a long and somewhat overdue journey to the kind of performance he put in against Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Carroll was everything QPR, Spurs and English football were hoping he could be against the visiting Reds, a busy, creative deep lying play-maker fully capable of unlocking opposition defences.
The young Englishman set up the first three goals for the Hoops. The first strike came after just 60 seconds, with Carroll's shot being parried into the path of Yossi Benayoun to stab home.
Just before half-time he played a wonderful one-two with Junior Hoilett, slipping the ball through for the Canadian to net.
His final assist was the best yet, playing a superb reverse pass to Nedum Onuoha to curl an equally classy shot into the far corner.
In this sort of form, QPR may well seek to turn the move into a permanent one should they achieve promotion, something that Tottenham, and whoever their manager will be come next season, will surely resist.