Once hailed as one of the brightest prospects in the Football League, Gael Bigirimana's Newcastle career is yet to get off the ground since signing.
He has not featured for the first team in over a year, and is linked with signing for Yeovil Town on loan, by the Shields Gazette.
Dropping down to League One says everything about his current lack of progression, but to write the former Coventry City man off as a failure this early could prove a mistake.
He need look no further than teammate Mehdi Abeid's sudden rise to prominence at Newcastle, playing a vital role in midfield in wins against Manchester City and Liverpool.
Abeid is a player who looked like he was never going to make the jump, with loan moves to Scottish side St Johnstone and Greek club Panathaniakos.
Yet he credits those very spells away from Newcastle as reason why he has been able to break through this season.
He told SkySports this week: "I have been out on loan a lot and I have come back here to have some time to play and show the manager and the club I can play for them. I am really happy.
"I knew I had to play football and that's what I went and did, to play football and enjoy my time. I got a lot of experience, I learned a lot and I came back with a strong mentality and a strong character."
It is first team football with Bigirimana needs to get his career back on track, and give his confidence levels a boost too.
Just because he has been unable to make the jump so far, does not mean he will not be able to in the future, providing he can use his loan move away from the club to his benefit. Dropping down to League One is no disaster if this is what it takes to enable him to play first team football.
It should be used as a forwards step and not a backwards one, if Bigirimana is focused on following Abeid into the first team.