The script has turned around on Shinji Kagawa's return to Borussia Dortmund.
After scoring on his debut for the Bundesliga side, it appeared he would recapture his form and show how badly Manchester United failed in their inability to maximise his potential.
Since then the Japanese international has not scored another, and Dortmund's form has been disastrous. They have lost five of their last six Bundlesliga games. This has almost killed their title hopes already.
Former German international Thomas Helmer has highlighted Kagawa for criticism, while admitting the problems are also far more wide-ranging than his form alone.
He told Sport1: "I'm a bit disappointed with the performance of Kagawa. He has celebrated only one home win this season against Freiburg. But he does not constantly play 90 minutes because others are much more important like Marco Reus."
Kagawa played only 24 minutes in the defeat to Hannover in itself, which itself speaks volumes that he has still not forced his way into becoming a regular starter.
He has two Champions League assists to his name, but none in the Bundesliga since his return, and no goals since his comeback debut. He has started five games in the top flight, with two substitute appearances.
Playing in a side losing their confidence can be of no help to the attacker, who has just experienced a similarly disastrous season at United.
His path to redemption is clearly far from straightforward, and at present, he seems unable to prevent Dortmund's slide.
They currently sit 15th in the division, one place and one point off the relegation zone, and 14 behind leaders Bayern.