Harry Winks was a notable omission from Tottenham Hotspur's squad for yesterday's 4-1 win at Bournemouth.
The 22-year-old midfielder has endured an injury-hit 2018 so far, but Football London suggested that Winks, who faced Rochdale on February 28, is still fit and that his absences aren't linked to any setback.
With that in mind, it seems probable that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino isn't including him for other reasons but, with another FA Cup clash on the horizon, you get the impression that Winks needs a very strong performance to justify playing a role in the final months of Tottenham's Premier League campaign - and staying with the first team next season.
Pochettino's side visit South Wales on Saturday for their FA Cup quarter-final, and Winks, who has started the Lilywhites' last three games in that competition, is likely to do so again.
But a good performance against the Swans might just convince Pochettino that he is ready to challenge the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele in midfield for Premier League outings. A bad performance, on the other hand, might make his route back to first-team prominence a lot trickier than it presently looks.
Winks, whose last league game came in the win over Southampton on Boxing Day, has a big two months ahead of him and despite some brilliant performances in the first half of the season, it's possible that he could have a fight on his hands this summer to stay at Tottenham next season.
It's unlikely that he will be sold, given his undoubted ability, but a season-long loan away from North London next season, preferably at a Premier League side, could do him the world of good.