For Amir Rrahmani, concern isn’t setting in yet. The £12 million defender is convinced his “time will come” at Napoli.
But is he kidding himself? Perhaps. The situation certainly doesn’t look good.
As the Kosovo international explains to Gonfialarete, Napoli plucked him from Hellas Verona in January with the intention of using him as Kalidou Koulibaly’s replacement.
But, in the end, it turned out Koulibaly didn’t need replacing at all.
With Manchester City turning their attention to Ruben Dias instead, the Senegalese powerhouse looks set to stay for the long haul at Stadio San Paolo.
And that has left Rrahmani’s present, let alone his future, mired in uncertainty.
It’s six months since Rrahmani’s agent Adrian Aliaj confirmed interest from Premier League giants Arsenal heading into the summer transfer window.
“Arsenal have watched him,” Aliaj told Sport KTV.
But with Koulibaly sticking around and with Nikola Maksimovic and Kostas Manolas ahead of him in the pecking order, Rrahmani now feels like the odd on out in Naples.
The 6ft 4in centre-half has yet to play a single second of Serie A football this season.
He has been left on the bench for Napoli’s three Europa League fixtures too, with coach Gennaro Gattuso seemingly reluctant to rotate substantially from one competition to the next.
“Napoli have invested a lot in me. They had a strategy to sell Koulibaly but then the situation changed,” Rrahmani tells Gonfialarete.
“I was told I remain an important element for the team and my time will come soon.”
Only Rrahmani can tell us whether such a claim has been made more in hope than expectation.