Last summer, Liverpool were linked with a whole host of left-backs to solve what was becoming something of a problem position for them.
One such player was Lucas Digne, the defender who made 40 appearances for Lille the previous season despite being just 19.
In the end, Digne moved to Paris Saint-Germain, leaving Brendan Rodgers to bring in Aly Cissokho on loan. But while the Valencia player has failed to impress at Anfield, Jon Flanagan has stepped in and excelled, proving that he is equally adept on either side of the pitch.
But what became of Digne, and did Liverpool suffer a big blow by missing out on the Frenchman despite the development of their own wonder-kid in the former of Flanagan?
Perhaps most frustratingly for Reds fans, the feature states that, “His presence means the instant addition of attacking width and, more importantly, his left foot is a constant, reliable source of tantalising crosses, the great majority of which either create opportunities or force the opposing ‘keeper to make a tough decision.”
That is quite a compliment for a player who is still only 20, and while he has had to bide his time due to the presence of Maxwell in the PSG team, Digne has now forced the experienced Brazilian into an extended spell on the bench.
And FFW are effusive in their praise of a young man who could, had things worked out differently, been pulling on the Red of a resurgent Liverpool this season.
“With remarkable consistency for one so young,” FFW write, “he reads what’s coming and snuffs out the danger before it truly takes shape.”
But any hope Rodgers may have had of signing the young player is surely now lost, with his form in Paris warranting a more regular starting-berth and the French national side also now taking notice.