Aaron Ramsey is curently regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and rightly so after a superb 2013/14 season, which could have been so much better if not for injury.
The Welshman was demonstrating Player of the Year calibre performances before a thigh injury caused him to miss four months of action, before bouncing back to score the winning goal in the FA Cup Final for Arsenal against Hull
It was not so long ago that he was derided by a section of the Arsenal support, as a player who contributed little - mainly unfair criticism when he was picked to play out on the right.
Arsene Wenger however laid some of the blame on Ramsey himself, he has revealed, and says a very direct conversation took place between the two of them last summer.
He told Arsenal.com: "He went through a bad patch, and I couldn't play him any more at Emirates Stadium.
"I sat down with Aaron and I told him, 'I don't think people don't like you, but they don't like your game at the moment'. It was in his hands to change that.
"He had to come back to a more simple game. When you go through a bad patch in life you always go back to the basics. In football you slowly get confidence back and then you play naturally again."
Another more famous direct talker is new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who has wasted no time criticising the club's hectic pre-season tour schedule and unbalanced squad he has inherited, and he has not even been in charge for a fortnight yet.
There is a player under his employ, who such a similar approach should be taken with, and that is Tom Cleverley.
An England international and once highly rated prospect, Cleverley last season offered no thrust to his game, no excitement, and was a bland performer. Sapped of confidence, he was also dropped by David Moyes, and was regularly criticised even by United fans.
It is not that United fans want him to fail, it's that they do not see him reaching the standard required of the type of player they crave.
If Louis van Gaal is to salvage Cleverley's career from the wreckage of Moyes' reign, he could do worse than having a very honest one-on-one conversation with the midfielder, and ask him to start focusing on getting the basics right.
Playing in a midfield three, with more support around him will help in this, but there will be only so much he can do, as Wenger refers, it is in the player's hands.
Can Van Gaal work his magic on Cleverley?