When Barcelona shelled out another eye-watering transfer fee to secure the services of Luis Suarez, especially in light of his actions at the World Cup, eyebrows were raised.
Such an outlay on a player that wouldn't be able to play in earnest until the end of October seemed a spectacularly short-sighted view from Barca's hierarchy.
The first sight of Suarez in Blaugrana actually came in a behind closed doors friendly against an Indonesian U19 XI, and the unflattering photos that dominated the following days media gave more ammunition to those convinced that the deal wasn't for the good of the club.
Clearly unfit, despite scoring Suarez wasn't anything like as sharp as the player we had seen at Liverpool and then in Brazil during the summer.
By the time of his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of October, the knives were already out.
That his first contribution was a third minute assist for Neymar to open the scoring was conveniently overlooked in Barca's eventual defeat.
Yet Suarez worked his socks off in that game before being replaced on the hour.
And the work-ethic that he has continued to display is worthy of further comment.
The goals will come of course, but there cannot be another "number nine" that is toiling as hard and for as long as Suarez.
Remember, here is a player used to being the main man, that has now been shoehorned into a role he's not used to, and playing second or even third fiddle to his team-mates.
But as we've seen recently, things are now beginning to click for Suarez, Neymar and Messi.
All three were superb against Atletico Madrid in both the second leg of the Copa del Rey and also the league game against the same opponents.
Against Paris Saint-Germain in arguably their biggest game of the season to that point, Suarez was instrumental in ensuring a safe passage to the knockout stages as group winners in the Champions League.
Indeed, aside from adding more to the goals for column, there's little that Suarez is doing wrong at present.
Great movement, assists aplenty
His movement is first class, his integration with Neymar and Messi almost telepathic at times.
Nine assists in all competitions plus five goals isn't as bad as everyone tries to make out. He's also hit the woodwork on four occasions and had a handful of one on ones repelled.
Once the ball starts to go in, we will be eulogising on Suarez being the complete package, and we only need look at the change in Neymar from 12 months ago to understand that it takes time for any player, no matter how good, to find his best form again.
There's certainly nothing left that Luis Suarez has to prove to anyone.
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