Remember Ross Barkley?
He’s that guy who was subjected to far-reaching claims like ‘the next Steven Gerrard’ or ‘the best thing from Merseyside since The Beatles’.
But the 24-year-old has faded into the abyss in recent times – mainly due to a horrible hamstring injury he suffered in the summer.
Barkley has yet to appear for Everton this season but appears to be nearing full fitness after providing a pretty gruesome update after surgery on the area.
Just look at his scar…
Barkley has been left with a whopping 10-inch wound from the surgery to the injury he was struck by on the eve of the Premier League season back in August.
And a lot has changed at Everton during his spell on the sidelines.
Ronald Koeman was given his marching orders back in October after a disastrous start to the season, while the Toffees subsequently took six weeks to find a replacement.
But Sam Allardyce has done exactly what it says on the tin and steadied the ship, taking four points from his opening two games.
Then again, Barkley’s return to fitness doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll ever play for Big Sam.
The midfielder reportedly had a medical at Chelsea on transfer deadline day, only for the move to collapse due to his fitness problems.
But that hasn’t deterred the Blues or Tottenham for that matter, with both clubs tip to revive their interest in January.
If he can prove his fitness and embark on a decent run of form, can Barkley force his way back into the England reckoning?