In October 2012, Scott Wootton was brought off the Manchester United substitute's bench to make his Champions League debut.
The 12 minutes he played against Cluj offered slight promise he could work his way into the first team picture, but ever since his career has been on a downwards spiral.
Weeks later he was given a League Cup chance against Chelsea, and as his gaffes contributed to the Red Devils conceding five goals, it began to become apparent he was not ready for the step up, which was almost confirmed by the club's decision to send him on loan to Peterborough later in the season.
A year later Wootton was sold to Leeds United for £1 million, following in the footsteps of Danny Push nine years earlier.
It is not proving a good move for the defender, who it now seems needs to leave the club in order to rescue his career.
Like Brian McDermott's other signings that summer who remain at the club, Noel Hunt and Luke Murphy, Wootton is out of favour and not in the first team picture.
At 23-years-old, his former Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck is leading the line for England at the same age, while Wootton can't even get a game for a Championship side.
Looking at the trajectory of his career alone, the switch to Leeds has been disastrous in terms of furthering his career, this season he has not featured at all since August and has only two appearances to his name of a possible 17 in the Championship.
The sad truth is for him, based on the performances he displayed last season, Leeds have better defenders at present, in Jason Pearce, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper.
The challenge for Wootton, should he go out on loan of move permanently, is to show that he did not do himself justice last season, and is a better player than he showed. He will need to, or a further dip down the divisions beckons.