Tottenham Hotspur are likely to be thankful that they didn't sign Morgan Schneiderlin last summer, as this season has proved he would have been an unnecessary expense.
The Daily Mail was one of a number of media sources that carried reports of Tottenham's interest in Schneiderlin, but the London side were apparently unable to force through a deal because of Southampton's desire to keep hold of the Frenchman.
The Saints were determined not to lose another of their key stars - after seeing the core of their squad depart - and reports suggest they rejected all of Tottenham's advances for Schneiderlin.
At the time it appeared it may have been a severe blow to Spurs's chances of success, but the emergence of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb has meant that Schneiderlin's addition would have only blocked their progress.
Mason and Bentaleb have formed a solid midfield axis, with their energy in the heart of the pitch being a key feature that Mauricio Pochettino has built Spurs' season around.
The duo may be inexperienced, but they have masses of talent and their impressive displays have been fundamental to Tottenham's demanding strategy, which hurries their opponents in possession.
Tottenham also have the bonus of having the capable Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue available to them in reserve and it means that Schneiderlin's addition would have been a luxury rather than a necessity.
Although having a player of Schneiderlin's quality in a squad can never be considered a negative, his £25 million price-tag, which was reported by the Mirror, would have been over the top.
Instead, by saving those funds, Spurs have the ability to renovate more essential areas of their squad in the summer, and Pochettino may now be grateful if he did indeed miss out on his top target, after seeing how the squad have progressed this season.