Know that feeling when you suddenly remember that exotic signing your club made in the summer and hasn’t been seen since?
Why hasn’t he played? Has he disappeared? Is he in prison? Rehab? Was he merely made up to appease fans? Or a cipher for an elaborate tax dodge?
All legitimate questions, but ones that should be answered in reassuring fashion by the following quintet of seldom-seen Premier League summer buys over the remaining months of the season.
DeAndre Yedlin – Tottenham
The 21-year-old American looked a fantastic prospect after relentless performance for the USMNT against Belgium at the 2014 World Cup.
He finally made his first Lilywhites showing for the reserves yesterday, having officially signed on at the end of the MLS season, playing 60 minutes in a 3-1 win over West Ham.
Facundo Ferreyra – Newcastle United
The Magpies’ Under-21 coach Peter Beardsley was in little doubt as the Argentine’s ability back in November, telling the Shields Gazette:
“I have to say he’s been excellent for us,”
“He hasn’t played many games…but he’s been outstanding.
“I just look at the things he does for the team and his attitude is incredible.’
With Papiss Cisse on his African Cup of Nations holidays now may the time to let a cat who scored six times in 13 league games for Shakhtar last term out of the bag.
Zeki Fryers – Crystal Palace
Boasting a CV four clubs deep at just 22, Fryers is in danger of becoming the new Amdy Faye unless he can add to the three minutes he has so far amassed for Palace in the league.
The Eagles have played right-back Joel Ward or centre-half Martin Kelly on the left this term.
Surely Alan Pardew will see the benefit of blooding natural the left-sider instead?
Matthew Upson – Leicester City
Fans and pundits alike have bemoaned the lack of Premier League experience in the middle of the Foxes backline.
However, they signed England man Upson in the summer to provide just such nous, only to see him succumb to an ankle injury from which he is just recovering.
Dionatan Teixeira – Stoke
Mark Hughes clearly knows a thing or two about extracting rough diamond centre-halves from trials, having recruited Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen in such a manner at Blackburn.
Teixeira, a Brazilian with Slovakian papers, arrived at the Britannia in the same fashion with Hughes suggesting “he looked really good”.