Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil's quality is not in doubt, but a difficult transition to life in England combined with recent injuries have meant a tricky 2014.
The German is now preparing for the World Cup with his country, but has no semblance of form from which to draw upon, and is hoping to spark into life during one of the pre-tournament friendlies.
He had an early opportunity in last night's 2-2 draw with Cameroon, firing wide from point blank range after being put through by Sami Khedira.
Ozil was substituted after 63 minutes, failing to make a telling impact during the encounter.
Coach Jogi Low acknowledged after the match that Ozil's performance had been below par but was still positive the attacker can turn it around.
"Mesut Ozil has not had his best day, he needs two more weeks, then we'll see a strong Mesut at the World Cup."
Ozil showed at the 2010 World Cup that he loves the big stage, and regardless of his performances in upcoming friendly matches, his starting place is not believed to be in doubt.
Low has real trust in the former Real Madrid man, and speaks like the owner of an expensive car knowing just how to get it purring to peak condition.
With a tough World Cup group featuring Portugal, Ghana and USA, Germany need their star players like Ozil at the top of their game.
He may not have been at it last night, but Germany will expect a big improvement in a fortnight's time.