Tottenham winger Andros Townsend was deemed unwanted by Watford only three games into his loan spell with the club, and much to the dismay of his manager at the time Harry Redkanpp.
Townsend moved to Vicarage Road in the January transfer window of 2011 for the remainder of that season, but the Hornets terminated his contract after only one month with the club.
The 22-year-old's spell with Watford was one of nine loan deals since graduating through the Tottenham academy, and his long-term future at White Hart Lane has always appeared uncertain.
Townsend, however, has finally forced his way into the Spurs first-team this season, and Redknapp believes the turning point came when he joined Queens Park Rangers for the second-half of last term.
The England international, who scored on his debut at Wembley last Friday, was recruited by Redknapp as he attempted to been QPR in the Premier League, and the ex-Spurs boss claims he always sensed Townsend was set for the big time.
“It was difficult at Tottenham. We had Aaron Lennon on one side and Gareth Bale on the other. He was always there or thereabouts but we loaned him out," Redknapp told Absolute Radio.
“And one or two clubs to be fair took him and didn’t want to keep him. He went to Watford and they ended his loan very quickly.
“I don’t know why, they didn’t fancy him.
“But I always thought he was going to be a real good player and, as soon as the chance came last year, we took him on loan to QPR and he was great, he did fantastic.
“And it was the making of him as he played in the Prem for the first time.
“Before that, going out on loan, playing in the lower leagues and doing well is not the same. Once he did it in the top flight, it was the making of him. He has the confidence to know then ‘I’ve played 20-something games, I can do it in this division without a problem’.
“And he’s gone back to Tottenham and carried that on so I’m pleased for him.”