Mesut Ozil was a player under pressure to deliver at Arsenal last season, and whether he did meet expectation remains debatable.
His immediate challenge is the 2014 World Cup with Germany, which he enters on the back of disappointing performances in pre-tournament friendlies.
The playmaker is not overtly concerned however, explaining in an interview that Jogi Low gives him reason to be confident.
He likens the situation to that under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and stated that he prefers the Gunners to his experience at Real Madrid.
He told SportBILD: "I am now 25-years-old and at that age every footballer in the world plays differently to how they did when they were 21.
"And, of course, my role at Arsenal is different insomuch that I have more responsibility than I did at Real. And I like that."
When Ozil left Real behind, he also stepped out of the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, to switch to a club where he could be the star man and assume a leadership role at the team.
It was this possibility which got the German press so excited, that they would see an even better player in the lead up to the World Cup.
Ozil's failure to kick on, and perception he is struggling to hold onto even his previous levels, comes off the back of these heightened expectations, perhaps unrealistically given the £42 million man had to adapt to a new league, climate and teammates.
Now with the World Cup upon his nation, it's time for him to free himself from the mental shackles of criticism, ignore what the press may say, and find a way to emulate his exciting displays at the 2010 tournament.