During the summer transfer window, Stoke City were the team bossing it, bringing in a host of seemingly excellent additions.
Gary Rowett had received plenty of criticism in the past but there was no doubt that he was smashing it in the market, with the likes of Tom Ince, James McClean, Ashley Williams and Benik Afobe all arriving.
It was enough to make them overwhelming pre-season favourites to not only win promotion but to lift the Championship title as well.
30 games in, however, and it has not gone to plan for the Potters. They are currently slumped in 15th place with hopes of promotion vanishing rapidly.
Now managed by Nathan Jones, they are currently in a transitional period and one person who has fallen victims to that is midfield summer signing Ryan Woods.
He was an ever-present under Rowett but has not tickled Jones’ fancy so far, not playing since his opening match in charge against his former club Brentford in mid-January.
So, will he now regret his move to the Bet365 stadium?
I doubt it.
Whilst Brentford are a brilliant club who play some classy football, they do not have the clout behind them to challenge seriously for promotion.
Stoke may be in a real rut at the moment, but Jones will be confident that he can progress at the club and challenge at the top of the division in years to come.
Woods knows the ability he has. It may just be a case of needing to up his game in training and when he gets a chance on the pitch.