In July of last year, Everton made a move to bring in pacey forward Boris Mathis from French side FC Metz.
The youngster arrived on a two-year-deal, with Everton harbouring high hopes for the young talent at Finch Farm.
Everton are known for producing homegrown talent, but recruiting foreign youngsters has been more difficult in recent times.
Magaye Gueye, David Henen and Anton Donkor all appear on a list of flops in that domain.
Mathis, at the moment, looks like being on the path to joining them.
Despite all his talent and having already featured in three professional fixtures at former club Metz, the 20-year-old has looked off the level of talent already at Everton.
This season he has not featured in a matchday squad for a single of Everton’s under-23 league games.
The nearest he has come to featuring for the Everton under-23s was two unused substitute appearances in the EFL Trophy versus Lincoln City and Mansfield Town.
Getting ahead of Bassala Sambou, Nathan Broadhead, Shayne Lavery and Fraser Hornby has been tough for the Frenchman during his debut Everton season.
In January, he was sent out on loan to League One strugglers Northampton Town. That has been a far more positive experience.
Mathis has featured four times for the Cobblers since making his move but is still goalless in English football.
It has been an incredibly tough first season at Everton for the youngster. He will want to improve on that form for next term.
If he can finish out the season well with Northampton it might perhaps be the precursor to a top campaign in the Everton under-23s next season.
If not, Mathis could be just another dud brought in to Finch Farm from abroad.