Safe to say that if Royston Drenthe had fulfilled his potential, you wouldn’t have had to look him up on the internet – as I had to – last week.
And also safe to assume that he wouldn’t have been joining Sheffield Wednesday at this time. Or any other Championship club for that matter.
The research showed more history for trouble than talent, another reason why the Dutch winger was bounced out by Reading and, in interviews, sounds suitably grateful to have found another club at the same status wanting him.
But Stuart Gray was equally glad to pick him up on a short term deal that looks a no-lose for the club – if not so much the player. And that’s the right way round.
Wednesday can send him packing in January if necessary; hopefully Drenthe has been jolted into seizing what could be his last chance at this level.
If he does then, on the basis of the 14 million euros paid by Real Madrid to Feyenoord early in his career, the Owls will have dug up some player. It’s hardly a risk, let alone considering if it is one worth taking.
The finances are such that top quality can only be afforded by a very few – unless it is flawed. It may be stretching a point to put Drenthe in the top bracket but there seems little doubt of his ability to be a cut above and, at 27, he still has time to realise it.