Seb Lletget's brilliant form for the Galaxy so far this season, where he has shone in midfield alongside ex-Premier League stars Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, leaves West Ham wondering if they made the right decision letting him leave earlier this year.
The 22-year-old has six goals from midfield in just 10 games so far this season and his latest was a brilliant finish after starting a flowing move with a mazy run from the halfway line against Colorado Rapids at the weekend.
The Upton Park outfit had high hopes for Lletget when they brought him over from American club Sporting Santa Clara in 2009.
But after progressing through West Ham's famous academy he never managed to make a breakthrough in the Premier League.
When he did play his one competitive first team match for the club it came in a 5-0 humbling to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup in the 2013-14 season.
He was never trusted enough by Sam Allardyce to make the step up and play regularly in the English top flight after that and was released so he could return to his homeland with Galaxy in a bid to kickstart his career.
Why Lletget's form proves he should have been given a chance
Some fans will argue the MLS is far inferior to the Premier League. But the standards in the US have been considerably raised in recent seasons will the arrival of the likes of David Silva, Gerrard, Keane, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and many other players who still have plenty to offer.
But his form has been outstanding and has rightly earned him a place in the official MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week.
Described as "one of the most in-form players in Major League Soccer" Lletget was praised for helping kickstart Galaxy's comeback from 1-0 down against Colorado Rapids to win 3-1.
He is currently second behind former Hammers teammate Keane in the LA scoring charts.
While West Ham are well stocked with midfielders, Lletget's form might leave some West Ham fans wondering what might have been and questioning why a promising young player was released in favour of keeping the likes of Kevin Nolan, Morgan Amalfitano and Matt Jarvis on the books.
And with the club's involvement in the Europa League this pre-season it could have been the perfect stage for Lletget to prove himself like a number of his former academy teammates have done.
Perhaps under the more attack minded tutelage of Bilic, Lletget's obvious talent would have blossomed saving the Hammers millions in the transfer market.