If ever Tottenham fans had cause to doubt the self-destructive tendencies of their beloved club’s transfer dealings they need only look at the 2012/13 team photo.
Situated therein is Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose countrymen are 6/5 to down Latvia when they travel to the Baltic state in Euro 2016 qualifying action this evening.
Back then the Lilywhites had gone to some lengths to woo the Hoffenheim star away from Liverpool, where he had been expected to work once more with Brendan Rodgers.
He was signed in a deal believed to be worth somewhere in the region of £8.8m.
Over his two seasons at White Hart Lane, the annals will show he made 58 league appearances under first Andre Villas-Boas, then Tim Sherwood, setting up four goals and scoring eight for himself.
However, despite the substantial investment, some 26 of those outings came from the bench suggesting Spurs signed a player whose use to them they had no clear idea about.
If that was in any doubt, his performances since checking out of north London for Swansea should highlight just how well he can do when a team play to his strengths.
Furthermore they highlight the bizarrely circuitous logic of Tottenham transfer dealings.
So far this term Sigurdsson has been good for a goal a game, notching once and setting up six, with Cesc Fabregas the only player in the division to better an assist haul that’s twice that of his closest pursuer.
Playing in central-attacking midfield, he’s making a string-pulling mockery of successive Lilywhites managers, who used him almost exclusively as a wide forward.
Exiting the Lane as human collateral for incoming Swans Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, it’s hard not suggest that the Welsh club have got the more efficient end of the deal.
They have acquired a player who has improved their first XI, making a big impact immediately.
In return Tottenham have gained a right-back Mauricio Pochettino seems doubtful is an improvement on Danny Rose and another substitute goalkeeper.