Birmingham City are in the midst of some potentially very serious news at the moment.
After a tough summer that saw an embargo come in and a lack of players do the same, the Blues are now under the cloud of a potential points deduction that would really throw their future into doubt in terms of league status.
That will be resolved soon enough, then, but it’s the latest negative episode in a series of worrying events for Blues fans.
It stems, though, from initially more positive times.
Indeed, back in the summer of 2017, the Blues had survived relegation, had Harry Redknapp in charge and were making big signings ahead of a play-off push.
In our latest FLW Rewind, then, we take a look at the signing of Jota and the reaction to it.
Initially, the Spaniard looked a class arrival from Brentford having torn things up for the Bees the year before.
Signed for a record fee for the club, fans of the Blues and their opponents were suitably impressed with both the ambition shown and execution of the deal.
Indeed, the reaction to the tweet announcing the move was suitably positive:
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 31, 2017
— Nick (@nickkkjohnson) August 31, 2017
— Joe Stewart (@joe_stu1) August 31, 2017
Let's all have a disco!!
— Nick DJ Spall (@NickDJSpall) August 31, 2017
— Jamie Macgregor (@m1ndspeak5truth) August 31, 2017
@k_pat123 signing of the summer. What a player. What a team. Love BCFC. KRO
— Theo Kyriacou (@theokyriacou14) August 31, 2017
Great signing #BCFC
— TheRoyalBlueRoom (@Bhamcitytalk) August 31, 2017
Not long ago we could just about scrape 150k together to sign caddis. Now we are breaking our transfer record fees. #KRO
— Chris Lloyd (@Chris_d_lloyd) August 31, 2017
Great signing ???????????????? gotta be looking at top 6 at least now #bcfc
— Tom Sloan (@Tom_Sloan) August 31, 2017
Move to this day, though, and despite flashes of ability and class, Jota, and plenty of his team-mates, have struggled in the months and campaign since.
Signed for a large fee and surely on good wages, the deal has proven a precursor to the struggles the Blues now face on and off of the pitch and, though Jota could yet improve, dealing with the latter is far beyond his and his fellow players’ reach.