After his first season at Tottenham, it certainly appeared that Vincent Janssen's future with Spurs looked bleak as he failed to replicate his Eredivisie form in the Premier League, scoring just twice in 27 top flight games for Mauricio Pochettino's men.
And his exit seemed somewhat inevitable when Fernando Llorente arrived on England's transfer deadline day, paving the way for the £17 million signing (via ITV) to leave the club for Fenerbahce on loan in September.
With Janssen failing to hit the heights and leaving on loan with a new striker being signed, Spurs fans would be forgiven for expecting Janssen to return to his parent club next summer only to swiftly leave Tottenham once again, whether that be permanently or for another loan spell.
But perhaps the form of one of his teammates should give Janssen hope that, if he wants to, he can salvage his Tottenham career once his loan spell ends.
Moussa Sissoko has, rightfully, been basking in the plaudits that have been coming his way in recent weeks - and that is a sentence that Tottenham fans would have never expected to read immediately after his first season following his move from Newcastle.
Sissoko perhaps endured an even more miserable first year with Spurs than Janssen did, but now appears to be a key player for Pochettino's side and confirmed his turnaround with an excellent display in the Bernabeu during their Champions League tie with Real Madrid in midweek.
Of course, the fact that Pochettino kept Sissoko around but felt happy to let Janssen go hints that he may have always had more confidence in the Frenchman than the forward, but that may also simply be down to the fact that Janssen attracted an appealing offer and Sissoko may not have done.
But with Sissoko proving that writing him off was premature in quite brilliant fashion, perhaps Janssen should feel that there may still be the slightest chance that all is not lost for him at Tottenham.