A loan switch to Hull City was intended to get Hatem Ben Arfa back on track, with the Tigers prepared to offer him the opportunities he believes he was denied at parent club Newcastle United.
The Frenchman was so desperate to push through a move on transfer deadline day that he sought assistance from a Yorkshire hotel manager after getting lost on his way for talks.
There are probably a few Hull fans that will argue that he never actually turned up and is still fumbling his way around in the dark.
It is fair to say that things have not got to plan for the mercurial winger at the KC Stadium, with Steve Bruce following Alan Pardew’s lead in quickly losing faith with the 27-year-old.
He is now out of the picture completely, with it seemingly inevitable that his loan agreement will be ripped up in January and he will be allowed to move on to the next new challenge.
Ben Arfa certainly appears ready to turn his back on Hull, with his weekend spent watching Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain back in his homeland, rather than catching the Tigers go down 1-0 to Swansea City.
You get the feeling that the Premier League may now have seen the last of Ben Arfa.
There are only so many chances one player can be given before his reputation is ruined and he is deemed too much of a handful.
There will be no shortage of sides willing to take a punt on his services in January, if he becomes available, but a man who excited Newcastle fans following his arrival from Marseille in 2010 is likely to head out of the back door with few eyebrows raised.