When Tottenham Hotspur defender Grant Hall moved on loan to Birmingham City back in June, the then-22-year-old said all the right things to suggest it would be a good move for both the player and the Championship side.
In comments published by the Birmingham Mail at the time, Hall said, “I just want to do well for the club, do well for the fans, manager and rest of the players.
“Hopefully I can take my career to the next step, hopefully have a successful season.”
Hall may not have featured for Tottenham’s senior side but a previous loan spell at Swindon Town spoke of better things to come.
There the centre-back was an almost-ever-present before an injury robbed him of the second half of the campaign, making 34 appearances in total and racking up 2,265 minutes of League One football.
Hall looked like he was set to improve on that total this season, starting the campaign as one of Birmingham’s first-choice centre-backs.
After starting the first six league matches of the season the Tottenham player picked up an injury that ruled him out of two matches, but he would go on to spend the next five on the bench, making his return against Bournemouth in October.
After 90 minutes and eight goals conceded, Birmingham had been well and truly humbled and Hall has not played since.
An 8-0 defeat is never a good thing for a defender to have on his CV, but in this case it could go down as the moment the Tottenham player’s hopes of a successful loan move went up in smoke.
The fact that he has not featured in any of the next five matches certainly suggests so.