Kevin De Bruyne started this season in the Chelsea first-team, and yet now his time at Stamford Bridge is over, following a permanent move to Wolfsburg in January.
The 22-year-old Belgian did not look out of place in a Chelsea shirt, and yet ultimately Jose Mourinho allowed him to leave safe in the knowledge that he had a number of attack-minded midfielders to fill the void – arguably so many as to make that position at the Blues the envy of most clubs in Europe.
But while the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle continue to do the business for the London club, De Bruyne has not exactly stagnated since leaving for an undisclosed fee.
In fact he quickly found his feet, and his two assists in a 4-1 win over Nurnberg this weekend meant he had set up six goals in just 12 Bundesliga matches.
He has also started every single match that he has been available for, suggesting that Wolfsburg will give him the chances he found so limited at Chelsea.
While Mourinho may never feel it was a mistake to part with De Bruyne given the other players at his disposal, the young star could yet prove to be another that got away – considering his age and his impact at Wolfsburg in such a short space of time.