In the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, on the biggest stage of the world, Giovani dos Santos, the 21-year-old former Barcelona winger, showed Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp why he is so admired by Mexico's football fans.
Dos Santos taunted the hosts for the majority of 1-1 draw, and followed this performance with another impressive display of pace and trickery during Mexico's 2-0 destruction of France.
Yet Redknapp, who guided his London team to the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in Spurs' 128-year history, deemed the Mexican youngster surplus to requirements when he loaned him in January to former manager Frank Rijkaard's Galatasaray for the rest of the season.
Since his €10 million move to White Hart Lane in June 2008, dos Santos has struggled to adapt to the physicality and pace of the English Premier League and has only featured seven times in the first team.
As a result, he has been linked on numerous occasions by the British tabloid press, who suggested that the player upset previous manager Juande Ramos with his lack of discipline in training, to a return to Spain.
So will his return to form in South Africa persuade Harry Redknapp to find room for him in a team already boasting a midfield containing Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon, Niko Kranjcar and Gareth Bale? Or will chairman Daniel Levy look to sell and capitalise on his increased transfer value?
But it is not just Dos Santos who has the ability to break into what seems like a settled Tottenham first team.
In this slideshow, I look at four other players of whom great things are expected.