Tottenham Hotspur new boy Kevin Wimmer has had a successful week, which should provide him all the motivation he needs this season.
Wimmer's Austria surged to a 4-1 win over Sweden to clinch qualification for Euro 2016.
The centre-back was though watching on from the bench as his side reached their first major finals since Euro 2008, a tournament they were only at because they co-hosted it with Switzerland.
He remains yet to make a competitive appearance this season, and will need this to change if he is to win a starting spot next summer for his country.
There is no suggestion he would look to leave mid-season to rescue his national team hopes, instead he should seek to rise to the challenge at a club he chose to sign for.
Making such a decision in a pre-tournament year represented a risk to him, and Wimmer faces a tough ask to dislodge Belgian pair Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
An opportunity could come later this month in a Capital One Cup game against bitter rivals Arsenal, while the beginning of the club's Europa League campaign will also see head coach Mauricio Pochettino begin to rotate his squad.
If he can make an impression, particularly late into the Premier League campaign, Wimmer may just position himself well against his international competitors, and such is the high profile of English football, if he can break into the Tottenham side then the decision to leave Koln behind may just pay off.