Tottenham Hotspur had Pau Lopez on loan in 2016/17, but he didn’t make a single first team appearance for them.
Tottenham Hotspur may well have let go of the player who would have been ideal for them now.
With Hugo Lloris out injured, Spurs are set to have to call upon Paulo Gazzaniga to play in goal for the foreseeable future.
Gazzaniga is a sturdy back-up, but there are big doubts over whether he is ready for a sustained run of starts in Tottenham’s team.
And Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino may be ruing his decision not to keep Lopez at the club now.
Spurs spotted the talent of the Spanish international goalkeeper while he was at Espanyol and took him on loan for a season.
However, Lopez did not manage to make a single first team appearance for Spurs before his loan expired.
At that stage the 24-year-old’s career was at a crossroads, but since his return to Spain in 2017 he has started to make a name for himself.
Lopez was quickly promoted to being Espanyol’s first choice and his impressive form led to him joining Real Betis.
From Betis he has now moved on to Roma, with Lopez beginning to establish himself as one of the most reliable stoppers in Europe.
Spurs must wish that they had a keeper of his quality to call upon now, with Lloris sidelined.
And Pochettino may be thinking that Tottenham really did let a talent escape their clutches, by not making his loan move permanent when they had the chance.