Gareth Bale had the opportunity to become Real Madrid's main man after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure this summer.
There was speculation that Los Blancos could sign anybody from Eden Hazard to Neymar, but Julen Lopetegui decided against a high-profile replacement and invested his trust in the Welshman.
After rumours Bale could leave the Bernabeu over the summer, the news will have been music to his ears and no doubt played a huge role in his decision to remain with the club.
And to say things started well would be an understatement with Bale picking up from where he left off after two goals in the Champions League final.
Bale found the net against Getafe, Leganes and Girona as Real Madrid made the perfect start in La Liga and he also notched up a goal in the impressive 3-0 win over AS Roma.
Bale's recent struggles
Since that early promise, though, the goals have completely dried up and questions are being raised about his ability to lead the line for Real.
Not only that, but the dismissal of Lopetegui will inevitably change his situation at the club and fuel speculation that a Ronaldo replacement will be purchased.
Right now, Santiago Solari needs better performances than Bale is currently delivering and fans are starting to lose patience with the 29-year-old.
Real Madrid fan survey
And the frustrations from supporters have never been more apparent than this week with Spanish publication Marca hosting a Real Madrid fan survey, which received over 40,000 responses.
Real are preparing for a La Liga fixture with Real Valladolid this weekend and, remarkably, supporters would rather Vinicius Junior made the starting XI as opposed to Bale.
A damning 87% of fans wanted the Brazilian - who has only played 12 minutes in the league - to make the team and 38% think Bale should be the player to miss out.
Another 34% think that Karim Benzema should be shepherded out the team and 15% want Bale replaced by either Isco or Marco Asensio.
Vinicius was very impressive on his first-start against Melilla but it's a huge blow for Bale that fans want a vastly inexperienced 18-year-old playing in his place.
It goes to show that Bale's Real Madrid career has reached a point where supporters want a far riskier option in his place.
There can be little doubting that the next seven months will be huge for Bale at Real Madrid and will decide whether he can deliver the goods as their main man.
So far, the jury is out and many supporters believe they should have gone for a big-money signing, something Florentino Perez might encourage going forward.
For the moment, though, Bale could be left watching an 18-year-old play ahead of him. Well, that's if the fans have their way.
Who would you rather start for Real Madrid - Bale or Vinicius Junior? Have your say in the comments section below.
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