This season has seen Mauricio Pochettino finally give Tottenham Hotspur man Ryan Mason a chance in the first-team at White Hart Lane.
His talent has been known for several years but he has struggled to make it work on several different loan spells in the past with niggling injury woes setting him back on many an occasion.
He has spent time at Yeovil, Doncaster and Millwall in the past before joining French side Lorient in January 2013. This was perhaps the worst of several loan spells.
He was at the club until April, when the Ligue 1 side terminated the deal without him playing a single first-team match for the team.
Now Mason has been discussing his time in France, describing it as a bad experience:
"That was a bad experience. I was pretty close to the Tottenham first team and I’d been on the bench quite a bit, made my first start in the League Cup and then got a knee injury.
"It was nothing major but I was out for a couple weeks and I fell down the pecking order. It probably wasn’t a good idea to pick Lorient but I thought playing in the top league in France would be better than playing in the Championship again. It just didn’t work out. I couldn’t wait to get home. I was there on my own from January until the end of the season.
"I picked up a bit of French - that was the best part about it. I spent that season hardly kicking a ball."
After that he impressed at Swindon Town, despite injury troubles, and is now looking like a regular name on the Tottenham team-sheet.
His French nightmare has at least given him an exotic CV and the odd Del-boy sprig of Francophone discussion.
Now it is just a small blip on a career that is now looking like reaching the heights Tottenham Hotspur always felt he would.