Daniel James seemed almost certain to join Leeds United for a deal potentially worth £8.5 million in January, but the move fell apart at the final hurdle and the midfielder returned to Swansea without his much awaited transfer.
Now, two months on and following a debut goal for Wales against Slovakia, the 21-year-old has shown no sign of looking back at what could have been despite the disappointment.
“I got back to Swansea [after the move collapsed] and the fans have been great with me. Nothing had changed for me. It was about keeping playing football and enjoying it, and that’s what I’ve been doing,” he explained to The Telegraph.
The winger has caught the eye with his impressive form throughout the season, despite being nowhere near the first team picture this time last year as the Swans fought for survival only to be relegated.
Now, it seems likely that one way or another, James will be back in the top flight, whether Leeds come back calling or it is another club who may be interested in his services.
His explosive Wales debut, under the guidance of Ryan Giggs, was just the latest indication that Leeds may be the ones who regret not being able to seal the deal for their January target.