Eyebrows were raised when Nottingham Forest parted with Tiago Silva during the summer.
The Portuguese maestro had only been at the club a year but expressed a desire to leave, with Olympiacos signing him.
His decision to seek pastures new might be one that he is currently living to regret, however.
Silva’s time in Athens hasn’t been overly successful and his career has stagnated somewhat.
The 27-year-old has started just four times in the league for his new club, used a further eight occasions from the bench.
He has registered just two goal contributions with only of them coming since the turn of the year.
It was Silva who expressed the willingness to leave the City Ground and he could be regretting his decision from a footballing perspective.
The midfielder was signed by Forest from Portuguese outfit Feirense and proved a decent acquisition.
He often bamboozled opposition defenders and finished his only campaign in England with four goals and four assists.
Silva wasn’t perfect. He would often struggle for consistency and all too often went missing during games.
It’s fair to say, however, that Forest have missed his presence at times during their 2020/21 struggles.
During the first half of the campaign, the Reds struggled massively for a creative presence in the final third.
Silva provided that link from midfield to the forward players and his absence was sorely felt.
The beauty of Silva was that he could play in two positions. He was comfortable in the middle of the park, whilst he also held his own in the No.10 role.
Forest have missed his trickery and although he did have some bad games at the club, he would have been a decent option to call upon this season.
There is a sense among supporters, however, that Silva has made his bed and must duly lay in it.
He pushed for the move and with him out of the reckoning at Olympiacos he must be missing the opportunity to play regular football.
Would Forest be higher in the league had Silva been in the team this season?