Back in the summer, it seemed more than likely that Everton's Oumar Niasse had played his final game for the Toffees already, with The Sun suggesting that a host of sides, including Newcastle, were keen on the striker.
It had appeared at that stage that had he remained at Goodison Park beyond the window - as he ultimately did do - that he would still been out of the picture, with The Sun reporting that Ronald Koeman had informed Niasse that he had no future with the club.
Of course, since then, Niasse has provided signs that he may be the goalscorer that Everton desperately need and did not add during the summer - having scored in the League Cup win over Sunderland and following it up with a brace to inspire the Toffees to come from behind and beat Bournemouth at the weekend.
And that turnaround should perhaps inspire two of the players who would have been Niasse's teammate had Newcastle won the race to sign him during the previous window.
Jack Colback and Henri Saivet seem to be a similar position to the one that Niasse was in at Everton before his recent recall to the side, with the pair making just one League Cup appearance between them all season and predominantly featuring for the Magpies' under-23 side.
And the pair received the praise of under-23 boss Peter Beardsley in the Chronicle following the side's recent narrow defeat to Wolves, much like Niasse did from Koeman just before he was handed another chance in the first-team - as reported by the Daily Mail earlier this month.
So while Colback and Saivet may reflect that their chances of earning another chance in the Newcastle team are seriously slim while Rafa Benitez remains in charge, perhaps it may not be out of the question to suggest that if the Magpies suffer a number of injuries as the Premier League season stretches the squad, they can perhaps earn that recall that neither may currently be expecting.
And if they can make a similar impact to the one that Niasse has made since coming back into the fold at Everton, then perhaps there may be an end to their exile from the first-team in sight.