If Manchester United played Shinji Kagawa regularly, he could go down as a club legend, just as he is at his former side Borussia Dortmund. And yet, until recently, the Japanese play-maker could not string two consecutive appearances together.
With Robin van Persie injured and Wayne Rooney following suit, Kagawa was given a chance to play alongside Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez in the recent 4-0 victory over Newcastle United, and he shone. To such an extent that he was also picked to start against Bayern Munich in Germany having impressed after replacing Ryan Giggs in the first leg.
So could we finally be seeing Kagawa making a regular mark on the United first-team? Well, perhaps not, because reports in Italy yesterday suggested David Moyes was willing to use the player as a makeweight in a deal to bring Marek Hamsik to Old Trafford; in fact, Kagawa's name is thrown into half the transfer stories doing the rounds about United thse days.
And now former player turned journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft has had his say, suggesting that Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will "probably take Kagawa back".
That is a bold statement, but it does make sense, considering how much the German rates his former charge. And with Mata, Rooney, Adnan Januzaj and the like already at Old Trafford, it appears Robin van Persie holds the key to Kagawa's long-term stay at United.
If the Dutchman remains, he, Rooney and Mata will surely start whenever they are fit, leaving Kagawa scraching for game-time once more. If, on the other hand, van Persie leaves and Rooney plays as a number nine, Kagawa and Mata could develop the relationship that looked so promising in the recent match at St James' Park.
Will that happen or will Fjortoft be proved right? We will see in just a few short months.