Amin Younes has had more lawyers than first-team starts in recent months.
The 24-year-old Germany international is on his fourth legal representative as he attempts to get his impending transfer to Napoli aborted.
After turning down a move to Swansea, he signed a pre-contract with the Serie A club at the start of the year after ‘family issues’ delayed a move in January beyond the deadline.
Since then, Younes’ career has reached an all-time low.
Having spent game after game on Ajax’s bench, coming on as a late substitute for the ever-improving Justin Kluivert, last weekend he refused his manager’s request to enter the fray.
“I wanted to reward him for his hard work in training,” said Erik ten Hag.
“But he felt that his presence on the pitch wasn’t necessary.
“I’m the boss and if I decide that he must enter the field, he must do so. I’ll speak to him personally.”
Younes has since been demoted to the reserves as punishment.
Surplus to requirements at his current club and unwanted by his future club, the German winger finds himself in quite a predicament.
The precise reason for Younes’ fall out with Napoli remains unclear.
Although there are suggestions he has become homesick and is desperate to return to Germany, possibly induced by the personal issues that delayed his transfer to Napoli in January.
It’s quite the fall from grace when you consider his situation just last year.
Younes was a regular starter for Ajax last season and was key to the Dutch giants’ run to the Europa League final.
Playing mostly as a left-winger, his form caught the eye of Joachim Low and he was selected in Germany’s Confederations Cup squad.
Soon after he made his international debut, coming on as a substitute against Denmark in a friendly.
He scored the fourth of seven against San Marino in World Cup qualifying and helped himself to the last goal as Germany beat Mexico 4-1 in the Confederations Cup en route to lifting the trophy.
With two goals in five caps for the world champions and profile on the rise, everything seemed to be coming up roses for the talented dribbler.
But in November of 2017 he suffered a knee injury which kept him out of action for two months.
With the revelation that Justin Kluivert may turn out to be a better player than his dad, Younes has been limited to just 49 minutes of action in the league since his return from injury.
His subsequent relationship breakdowns with Ajax and Napoli have hindered his progression and rendered him something of a lost soul.
However, if a Bundesliga club is willing to meet Napoli’s valuation in the summer, we could well see Younes teasing defenders on a regular basis once more.