When Manchester United signed Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace for a reported fee of £15million, many believed it was the start of the player's transition from boy-wonder to future superstar.
Zaha had impressed with a string of fine performances for the Eagles and had earned an England call-up as a result. But now his future at the club who won his signature is in some doubt, while he attempts to help his loan club Cardiff City clear of relegation.
What a change it has been for the sprightly winger tipped in some quarters to make a similar impact at Old Trafford as a young Cristiano Ronaldo.
Instead, that honour has gone to Adnan Januzaj, but Zaha still has a job to do before the end of the current campaign, at which point his future is likely to be decided.
Cardiff face Stoke City this afternoon, and Zaha posted a message on Instagram that could equally be interpreted as a message for those doubting the Bluebirds' top-flight credentials as those questioning his place in United's legacy.
'In a game of opinions. But whose opinion matters?' the player wrote.
He will no doubt be hoping to change a few opinions in what remains of the current campaign. And a few more next season and beyond, if David Moyes is prepared to give him a chance, that is.