Football fans would have been forgiven for writing off Robert Huth after the German centre-back suffered a knee injury in November 2013 and played just 13 Premier League games thereafter for Stoke City.
Just over one year on from signing for Leicester City, however, and the 31-year-old is playing arguably his best football and has played a key role in the Foxes' bid to win the Premier League.
After falling down the pecking order at the Brittania Stadium, Huth joined Leicester on loan until the end of the season in February 2015 and has since established himself a first team regular alongside Wes Morgan at the heart of defence.
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England has become a second home for the German ever since his 2001 move to Chelsea, where he stayed for five seasons and won Young Player of the Year three years in a row from 2003.
Had it not been for the brilliance of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, the former Germany international might have made far more than the 42 league appearances he did at Stamford Bridge.
Following moves to Middlesborough in 2006 and then Stoke, Huth has forged a formidable partnership with the aforementioned Morgan at the King Power Stadium and improved with every passing game - the Foxes have conceded just six league goals since the turn of 2016.
The powerful centre-half has also popped up with important goals for the Premier League leaders, scoring the winner at White Hart Lane against Tottenham and then netting twice at Manchester City to claim a huge three points.
Such is Huth's brilliant form that he has caught the eye of Germany manager Joachim Low, who reportedly revealed he would consider picking the Leicester defender for his Euro 2016 squad six years after his last call-up.
However, such a long absence from the international stage will likely mean Huth's focus is solely on domestic success, especially so with the Premier League crown well and truly in sight.
When he moved to a relegation-threatened Leicester side just over 12 months ago, no one would have expected the Foxes to escape the drop, let alone fight for the title the following year - but they did and have.
Huth has barely put a foot wrong since arriving in the East Midlands and played a huge - if underappreciated - role in potentially making Premier League history.