Four and a half years ago Everton fans would not believe it if you told them that, in 2016, their young and highly-rated midfielder Jack Rodwell was struggling at a club fighting for Premier League survival.
But that evidently small possibility has become a clear reality, and the 25-year-old's career has never been the same since he left Goodison Park in 2012.
Life on Merseyside was looking rosy for the Southport-born midfielder and looked likely to be a future England midfielder but, three senior caps later, there is no longer any sign of Rodwell on the international stage.
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The former Everton defender was sold by Manchester City in 2014 for £10 million, and so far he has struggled to re-find the form that had England's big spenders splashing out £12 million on a raw and inexperienced 21-year-old.
Rodwell made a total of just 25 appearances for the Citizens in his two-year spell at the Etihad - making just seven Premier League starts in 16 league appearances. And life has looked just as bleak since leaving Manchester for the north east.
While the midfielder may have received significantly more game time for the Black Cats, the statistics make for grim reading and Sunderland fans have every right to worry when the 25-year-old starts for David Moyes.
On the 32 occasions in which Rodwell has been named in Sunderland's Premier League starting XI, the Black Cats have won none, losing 17 and drawing 15 - meaning the former Everton man has amassed a lowly 15 points from a possible 96.
And while there is a glimpse of positivity to be taken from Rodwell's impact from the bench, it in no way encourages Moyes - who gave Rodwell his Premier League debut at Everton - to start the midfielder.
Rodwell has overseen five wins, five draws and ten defeats, when coming off the bench for Sunderland. But even then, the record still makes for poor reading, although, ultimately, those statistics are down to a team that is, overall, in serious danger of relegation from the top flight this season.
Bale's relatable woes
However, Rodwell shouldn't allow himself to get too down about the statistics, as another Premier League star has proven that a similar run counted for little, after going on to become one, if not, the best player in the league and make a big-money move to Real Madrid.
Former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale infamously took 23 Premier League starts before seeing his side win, against Fulham, following his move from Southampton.
But if Rodwell is hoping to end that barren run of results, then he may have to wait a while longer, unless basement side Sunderland can pull of a shock result against second-placed Arsenal on Saturday.
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