When Kyle Walker-Peters was loaned out during the January window, Tottenham Hotspur fans may have been forgiven for assuming that his career with the club may be coming to an end.
The 23-year-old has produced some fantastic displays for Spurs. But it is perhaps telling that neither Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho seemed to feel that he was ready for a prolonged chance in the first-team.
It would perhaps therefore, be a surprise if he found himself in Mourinho’s plans next season.
But based on his latest performance out on loan, perhaps it is fair to say that he could still prove to be incredibly useful to Tottenham – even if his future does lie elsewhere.
Walker-Peters was outstanding in Southampton’s win over Manchester City on Sunday. He dealt with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden excellently.
He also demonstrated the potential he possesses when pushing further forward.
With Cedric Soares leaving in January, Ralph Hasenhuttl will surely feel that right-back is one area he must address this summer.
And some Saints fans may be hoping that keeping Walker-Peters proves to be the answer.
And perhaps that may provide an opportunity for Tottenham.
The Daily Mail has recently reported that Spurs are looking at Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who Southampton value at £35 million.
It was noted that Tottenham could look at offering a player-plus-cash deal involving Walker-Peters, but the Saints’s preference would be a straight cash offer.
With Walker-Peters’s stock rising again however, perhaps Southampton’s stance may change by the time the window opens.
If they are resigned to losing Hojbjerg, getting Walker-Peters as well as a significant fee may appeal more.
So while it may remain difficult to see Walker-Peters forcing his way back into the fold at Tottenham, Spurs may still reap the benefits if he continues to impress before the window opens.