Back in 2013, Tottenham Hotspur signed a Brazilian international for £17million in what looked like a wonderful piece of business.
Midfielder Paulinho had just enjoyed a sparkling Confederations Cup campaign for his country and he headed to White Hart Lane with a blossoming reputation and at an age when things should have only got better.
Instead, now 26 and struggling for game-time at Tottenham, Paulinho looks set for a summer exit, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Watford have asked about his availability.
And whether on loan or in a permanent deal, a move to the Hornets could be just what Paulinho needs to kick-start his career.
Paulinho scored eight goals in his first season at Tottenham, ending the campaign with 37 appearances for the club. But his second year saw him fall down the pecking order with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb preferred more often than not.
The Brazilian’s form was such that he did not deserve a regular starting spot, which is why a move away from Tottenham, and to a club where he can be the fulcrum, could be the making of him in England.
He has showed in the past for his country what he is capable of, the trick is to do that consistently, and Watford could play a blinder by signing him this summer.
A loan deal for a player with three years left on his Tottenham contract is probably the most likely option, given how much it would cost to sign him outright. But if that happens, Paulinho should embrace a fresh chance to show the Premier League just what he can do.
It may also give him a stay of execution at Tottenham; if he gets back to the player they thought they signed two years ago.