Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich will be ruing the fact he left the club on loan just days before manager Thomas Christiansen was sacked.
The Polish enforcer, who arrived at Elland Road last summer as the playing squad had a major overhaul, struggled for game time during the first half of the season, falling out of favour under the Danish manager.
The 27-year-old ended up making just 10 appearances for the Whites before finding him shipped out on loan to FC Utrecht at the end of the January window, a decision which look set to haunt him for the foreseeable future.
He has spoken out about his dream of making a success of his time at Elland Road, suggesting that a poor relationship with Christiansen was the reason behind his lack of playing time, but with new boss Paul Heckingbottom now at the helm, he is not going to be given the chance to prove himself.
Yes, he may well catch the eye with impressive performances during his loan spell with the Dutch club, but he is not able to make the impression on the training ground that those still at Leeds will, and that will make all the difference when he is deciding who stays and who goes come the summer window.
Klich seems top of the list for the exit, and without being present at the club to argue his case, be it in conversations with Heckingbottom or proving his stuff on the pitch, there is likely to be little change to that despite his ambitions of making an impact during the off-season.
In reality, Klich’s dreams of glory with Leeds have been decimated by the decision to send him out on loan prior to Christiansen’s exit, and it could have been so different had he remained to fight for his place, or if the Danish boss had seen himself sacked sooner.