New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman recalled Darron Gibson to the Mackems' starting line-up at Aston Villa on Tuesday, after the Irishman was left on the bench for Saturday's draw with Millwall.
And many Sunderland fans are hoping it won't be a regular occurrence, after yet another defeat for their side.
Villa took a two-goal lead against the Championship's bottom side, courtesy of strikes from Albert Adomah and Josh Onomah, before Lewis Grabban flicked home a 72nd-minute consolation.
Despite the result, there were plenty of positives to be taken by Sunderland, who hired Coleman as Simon Grayson's successor at the weekend.
Darron Gibson of Sunderland looks ok before the Carabao Cup First Round match between Bury and Sunderland at Gigg Lane on August 10, 2017 in Bury, England.
But Gibson, who was replaced by Ethan Robson in the 86th minute, was not one of them - it seems.
Here's what the Sunderland fans are saying about his Aston Villa performance...
Just seen Villa's 1st goal. Gibson is a pure passenger...AGAIN. Hope the first thing Coleman does is hoy him off the team bus on the way back. #safc— Anthony Mongan (@AnthMongan3) 21 November 2017
I've never seen a worse footballer than Darron Gibson. What a disgrace of an excuse for a footballer absolutely stealing a living, I'd much prefer a youngster get his chance instead of this buffoon. Truly shocking work rate #safc need to terminate his contract sharpish— SRB (@Fantanafest73) 21 November 2017
Darron Gibson being overrun in the middle of MF every time— Ethan Zombek (@ezbeezy214) 21 November 2017
Darron Gibson can't hold himself up at the bar nevermind a midfield.— We Are Wearside (@WeAreWearside) 21 November 2017
A little bit of communication from O'Shea to Gibson that first goal is avoided. Take his man off him and he can take Adomah. https://t.co/dehvC62SET— Liam Chapplow (@LiamChapplow) 22 November 2017
Far too many of them but he's the worst of the lot, Gibson's not far behind mind— Stout (@Stout_SAFC) 21 November 2017
Surely wouldn’t hurt giving robson and beadling their chances as oppose to Gibson and o’shea, we currently can’t defend and have nothing in midfield. #safc— Jonny Lavery (@jonn01avery) 22 November 2017
Gibson moved to Sunderland in January from Everton - reuniting with his former boss David Moyes in doing so.
The 30-year-old has played 22 times since then, but is out of contract at the end of this season.
Are the above assessments fair on Gibson?