DeAndre Yedlin could soon have a big decision to make over his future, with Sunderland reportedly keen to sign him on a permanent basis from Tottenham Hotspur.
The defender has played only 11 minutes of first team football at Tottenham Hotspur, and leaving the club would certainly leave a feel of unfinished business.
Yet practically it feels like the best decision he could make, with his path to the first team at Tottenham blocked by right-backs Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier.
Both defenders are still only 25-years-old, and neither are going anywhere in a hurry. It is conceivable they will still be there in five years time, and as a pair they will continue to push each other hard for a first team spot.
Yedlin would face not even being on the bench most weeks, with a need for two right-backs on the sidelines being low, and after a season playing regular Premier League football this is not what he needs.
This past season was not easy for Yedlin, who rose to the challenge and improved as the campaign went on. He needs to continue this upwards curve and leave Tottenham behind.
When he signed for Spurs, it was because he wanted to play in the Premier League, rather than any affection for the club himself, and now Sunderland could give him the chance to continue doing this.
One temptation for Yedlin will be to stay in the hope he gets to play in the Champions League, but this would be a long shot as third choice, and he should consider that sometimes it works to take a step back before making a leap forward.