It is surely safe to say that when Davy Klaassen agreed his £23.6 million move to Everton in the summer (via BBC Sport), he would not have been expecting to go into the second-half of the season having not made a Premier League appearance since September.
Klaassen was exceptional during his time in the Eredivisie, scoring 14 times in the top flight and providing nine assists in his final season with PSV Eindhoven before his switch to Goodison Park - but things have not gone to plan during his time with the Toffees.
He is still awaiting his first goal or assist in the league for Everton and has been restricted to only making appearances in the Europa League in the last few months - so it would be no surprise if Sam Allardyce was open to the idea of letting him leave to allow him to restore some confidence.
If that proves to be the case, then Newcastle should perhaps offer Klaassen the chance to come to St James' Park on loan for the rest of the season to give him a better chance to adapt to the Premier League and build some confidence up.
Klaassen clearly has the quality to be a very good creative player, and Rafa Benitez should look at trying to sign him temporarily - especially if the takeover speculation surrounding the Magpies limits how much business he is able to do in January.
Newcastle desperately need to add some additional creativity to their ranks after only scoring 20 goals in their opening 22 games this term. And, while they kicked off 2018 with a victory, not strengthening the squad may be a major mistake as they do not sit that far ahead of the bottom three right now.
If Newcastle managed to sign Klaassen on loan and he was able to replicate something like the form he showed in The Netherlands last year, then Benitez's men will surely be in a fantastic position to ensure that they will still be a top flight team next season.
And if he does get a loan move and makes the most of the chance, then Everton may feel that they almost have a new signing on their books when he returns next summer.