Aston Villa's signing of Carles Gil appears to represent a vote of no confidence in Charles N'Zogbia by Paul Lambert.
The Frenchman had been deployed as the main creator in the Villa side this season, but a series of mediocre performances have raised question marks over his position.
A once jet-heeled winger, N'Zogbia appears to have lost a yard of pace since a serious injury and his performances this campaign haven't been up to standard.
The former Wigan Athletic man has delivered just one assist all year and he is yet to hit the back of the net, meaning he can have few complaints if he is banished from the first team.
Villa have scored just 11 times in their first 21 Premier League games this season and Gil could be the main man tasked with improving this tally.
Carles Gil who has signed from Valencia for a fee the BBC reports as £3.2 million is a cultured attacking midfielder, with an eye for a pass, and Lambert may favour his refined style over N'Zogbia's direct approach.
The question is, where exactly does this leave the 28-year-old? As one of their highest earners, Villa are unlikely to want to retain him, while N'Zogbia is unlikely to be happy sitting on the bench.
It means that his future at the Midlands club has to be in severe doubt now and a January transfer would not be at all surprising.