In the summer, Everton let a player plenty of us fans felt had the potential to be a first-team star walk out the door.
Fraser Hornby had been impressive for both Everton’s under-23s and the Scotland under-21s for a number of years but he was allowed to join French outfit Stade Reims in a reported £1.8 million deal in the summer.
It came after a loan spell with Belgian side KV Kortrijk that trailed off toward the end of a truncated season and Everton clearly felt it was best to cash in on the striker whilst he still carried a decent price-tag.
The 6ft 4ins striker was well respected at the club but this was a chance for Hornby to play regular football. With Ellis Simms coming through the ranks behind him, letting Hornby go seemed to make sense.
But us fans undoubtedly wished the former Northampton Town trainee well. It would still be considered something of an Everton success story if Hornby was to go on and be a hit in French football.
Unfortunately, Hornby has not yet had the impact he would have been hoping for.
The Scottish talent started the season in the Reims first-team but has recently been slipping down the pecking order.
The 21-year-old has not played since September and often finds himself out of the matchday squad completely.
Hornby is not helped by the presence of Boulaye Dia in the Reims starting XI. The 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in 15 games this season, making him the league’s second top scorer. Only PSG phenomenon Kyllian Mbappe has scored more.
The former Toffee might have to start considering potential loan deals if he is to get the first-team football he left Everton for.