Southampton may have had a turbulent summer having lost Mauricio Pochettino, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, but new manager Ronald Koeman has enjoyed a sensational start to life on the South Coast, with ten points from five games leading them to second place in the Premier League table.
New signing Graziano Pelle has settled into life quickly at St. Mary's Stadium after the Italian was brought in to replace Lambert, but the arrival of Pelle and Shane Long has pushed Zambian international Emmanuel Mayuka even further down the pecking order.
The 23-year-old was the star of the show as Zambia shocked the world with their 2012 African Nations Cup win, and just months later he joined Southampton for around £3.5m from Swiss side Young Boys. Despite the heady praise - including The Guardian's strange assertion that he was the 85th best player in the world in 2012 - Mayuka struggled to make an impact in English football and was sent off on loan to Sochaux last season, reuniting with ex-Zambia boss Herve Renard.
Just four goals in 21 games did little to show that he can still have an impact at Southampton, and he remains down the pecking order under new manager Koeman - leading to speculation that Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers wanted to take him on loan with manager Kenny Jackett desperate for attacking reinforcements.
Now, Mayuka could have been pushed closer to Molineux after his Zambia manager Honour Janza said the forward must leave in order to play first team football and keep his place in the Zambia team.
"If he can quickly move to where he can play that will be good," Janza said. "What is important for a player is to have game time. We are worried with our pros, most of them are not playing."