Prior to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a Champions League knockout-round game in early 2014, the sky was the limit for Jese’s Real Madrid career.
He was developing a productive knack for scoring in big games, the power and pace in which he ran at opponents was frightening, his comfort on the ball in tight spaces was eye-catching and his composure in the final third were making him a general threat for regular first-team starts.
At the time, there was the real possibility that he could eclipse Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema from the Madrid starting XI.
However, he has not hit the ground running in the same way since his lengthy layoff. Only seven of his 28 La Liga appearances last term were starts.
The 23-year-old ultimately needs regular gametime to rediscover his consistency and here are three European destinations where Jese would seemingly be given the opportunity to increase his level of performance again:
Erik Lamela was Spurs’ most successful dribbler in advanced positions last term, going past 40 opponents. This was around a third of the number achieved by the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley, alongside half the amount of Alexis Sanchez, Willian and Sadio Mane.
If there was one piece of the jigsaw missing from Mauricio Pochettino’s attack last season it was the inclusion of a rapid dribbler in the wide areas, capable of turning on the burners to produce a moment of magic.
Jese would be an obvious filler of such a duty and is still plenty young enough to fit into Pochettino’s clear vision of having a youthful squad. Tottenham are 9/1 to win the Premier League in 2016/17.
Jese is not overly dissimilar to Eden Hazard in terms of what he brings to a team and given the French champions have long been linked with the Chelsea man, the Spaniard would fill the same void in their line-up.
Laurent Blanc regularly deployed Edinson Cavani as a makeshift left forward at PSG, although he often operated as more of a support striker to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, rather than someone who offered any threat in the wide areas.
New boss Unai Emery tends to prefer a 4-2-3-1 set-up and Jese would be a suitable fit to the left-sided attacking role. His penchant for important goals at Real Madrid could be critical to PSG too as success in the Champions League is their biggest priority.
Last season’s Serie A runners-up now have money to burn following the £76m sale of chief striker Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus.
There have been links to Mauro Icardi and Arkadiusz Milik as possible replacements, but goals are also needed from midfield. Jose Callejon, Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens netted 18 between them in the 2015/16 campaign.
Like Jese, Callejon was previously a talented Madrid winger that was struggling for first-team starts before receiving more frequent opportunities in Naples.