Nottingham Forest have asked two favours of Premier League outfit Wolves in 2019 and been given Leo Bonatini and Rafa Mir.
To suggest that the Reds have received the short end of the stick would be putting things mildly.
Dispensing with the niceties, there appears to be something stuck on the end of said stick!
Forest have found little value in two loan additions from Molineux.
This is no slight on Wolves, who are merely trying to help.
If questions are asked and those being targeted are some way down the pecking order, then why wouldn’t you sanction a switch?
Bonatini and Mir have also shown signs of promise while in the West Midlands.
It has been a different story over in the East.
The former was snapped up by Martin O’Neill during the January transfer window as he sought to bolster the attacking unit on Trentside.
Bonatini had netted 12 times for Wolves as they enjoyed a Championship title triumph in 2017-18.
The hope was that more of the same could be offered at the City Ground.
A forward that never looked close to being fit took in just 159 minutes of goalless action for the Reds.
After starting a game against Hull City on March 9 – his fifth appearance – the Brazilian was not seen again.
Forest are now preparing for a reunion with the Tigers on Wednesday.
And another misfiring Wolves loanee could figure in that contest.
It appears unlikely that will be the case, but you never know.
Mir is in contention and remains the only viable alternative to Lewis Grabban when it comes to occupying a central striking berth.
He was given the chance to prove that he can fill that role during a trip to Wigan.
The 22-year-old fluffed his lines.
It would be unfair to burden him with the blame for a 1-0 defeat being suffered at the DW Stadium, but he could have made the final outcome very different.
Two golden opportunities landed on his plate.
He spurned them both.
The first, a flashing header, was tricky and can be forgiven but the second, which saw him lash wildly off target when given a clear sight of goal, is not as easy to forget.
Like Bonatini before him, Mir had his chance and he blew it.
Between them, no tangible contribution has been made to the Forest cause.
One has been written off as an ill-judged mistake, and the other is heading in the same direction.
Time is still on Mir’s side, but how much more he is given remains to be seen.
It is also safe to assume that Forest will not be beating another track to the Black Country once a bid to bring in more firepower resumes in January.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.