For Leeds United fans, losing Jack Clarke to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer will have been an annoying blow.
Yes, they had received a reported £10million for his services but this was a home grown talent so to see him moved on so soon after breaking through to the first-team will have hurt.
But receiving him back on loan for the rest of the campaign will have eased that pain.
However, with just seven games played in the season, Spurs are already reconsidering the proposal, with The Mirror reporting that Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to recall the 18-year-old in January.
He is yet to make an appearance in the Championship so far this season and his performances in the League Cup have done little to impress the fans.
So, here are THREE clear reasons why this seemingly inevitable decision is the right one…
It is hard to imagine that the current loan spell is helping Clarke’s progression in anyway.
A big reason for him being sent back to Elland Road will have been to get him more experience of first-team football in a competitive league before returning to Spurs ready for next season.
But it will ultimately benefit him far more being in and around the Spurs first-team instead. At the very least he can acclimatise to his new teammates.
Since his illness in the second half of last season, Clarke has not looked himself on the pitch.
A good reason for that would be his confidence levels. A big money move will have helped but having yet to be picked for a Championship match, those levels will be falling rapidly.
If Mauricio Pochettino and co spend the rest of the season rebuilding that confidence in the under-23s it may prove the best thing for him.
Spurs are not a club who splash enormous sums on players in every transfer window.
So whilst they are one of the country’s top-four sides, splashing close to £9million on a player is not small matter for them and they should not passively watch on whilst their assett sits on the Elland Road benches.
He is their’s after all, and they will see much more value having him at the club instead.