Leeds United oversaw a summer of vast change under Jesse Marsch, with the American allowed to reinvest heavily following the sales of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.
With the latter, it marked a tough task to replace their top scorer, and arguably the catalyst for their survival.
Although Luis Sinisterra has performed admirably at times, it was always going to take time for the Columbian to acclimatise following his £21m move.
Perhaps Marsch might be opting for a different tactic this January, similar to what he did with Phillips, by spreading his output across multiple different players.
That could explain their reported interest in another south American winger in Gonzalo Plata.
Although he is viewed as a very raw wide man – with journalist Dean Jones once labelling him “pacey” – he clearly boasts all the physical assets to be a huge success in European football.
By signing this exciting 33-cap talent, it could spell the end of Dan James’ career on Elland Road.
As such, Marsch’s decision to bring in a new winger while he is out on loan is a damning assessment of his standing within the squad.
He has had his chances, but with the Ecuadorian maestro boasting 24 goal contributions to go alongside his incredible ability to beat a man, it would be a huge upgrade to swap Plata out for the 25-year-old dud.
Therefore, the American head coach can finally send James packing if he were to follow up his interest in the Ecuador whiz this January.