Wesley Hoedt might believe his 2017 move to Southampton was a “mistake” but on this evidence his return to Lazio is anything but.
After three hugely disappointing years in England, the £15 million Netherlands international rejoined the club he left three years ago in the final few days of the summer transfer window.
And while Lazio supporters were far from convinced about the arrival of a man whose stock has fallen dramatically in the past few seasons, Hoedt is doing his best to prove he belongs at the top level of European football after all.
In his fourth appearance back with The Eagles, the 26-year-old continues to soar.
A commanding performance at centre-half in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw away to Club Brugge, six days after that 3-1 thumping of Borussia Dortmund, means Lazio are well placed to reach the Champions League second round for the first time since 2001.
That’s not to say Southampton will regret letting Hoedt go, of course.
Ralph Hasenhuttl barely gave the Holland international a sniff of a first-team chance and, with Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard keeping Dominic Calvert-Lewin quiet during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Everton, the Saints are in good hands at the back right now.
But after three miserable years, no-one would begrudge Hoedt his moment in the spotlight.
Here’s what some fans thought of his performance: