From starting out at the Luzhniki Stadium in England's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia to barely getting a look in at Manchester United, Jesse Lingard is in desperate need of a kickstart to his career.
That summer in Russia represented what many thought would be the start of a purple patch for the Red Devils academy product who had steadily emerged from perennial loanee to guaranteed starter at Old Trafford.
But three appearances in all competitions this season tells a sorry story for the fan favourite and at 28, and entering the prime years of his career, Lingard can ill-afford to waste away on the outskirts of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.
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'I can't really speak for Jesse and what we have spoken about but of course Jesse wants to play football and he is a good player when he plays football at his best so let's see what will happen,' Solskjaer said recently.
With moves to Inter Milan, Tottenham, West Ham, Nice and Sheffield United touted, Sportsmail weighs up the options for the midfielder with the January transfer window closing fast.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Lingard wants consistent football amid interest from a host of clubs
In what would certainly be a left-field switch, Jesse Lingard could make a move from one title challenger to another this month.
The all-conquering Juventus have been uncharacteristically lacklustre in Serie A this season, opening the door for the silverware-starved Inter and AC Milan to pounce.
Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his ranks to give his side the best possible chance of ending the Old Lady's dominance and in so doing scupper their plans for a 10th-successive Scudetto.
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Former United duo Romelu Lukaku (L) and Ashley Young have sung Lingard's praises to Conte
And Lingard has been identified as a possible option for the Nerazzurri, thanks to the recommendations of former United team-mates Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.
Of course, the bright lights of the Italian city and linking up with old friends would seem an appealing prospect for the Englishman.
However, if Lingard is looking for consistent game time he may be hard pressed to find that at the San Siro. Conte has a settled midfield in Marcelo Brozovic, Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella, and Lingard may find it tricky to dislodge that central trio.
However, he may struggle for consistent minutes ahead of Inter's preferred central midfielders
Spurs have expressed an interest in taking Lingard off Manchester United's hands too.
Jose Mourinho is attempting to transform the north London club from plucky runners-up to menacing champions, and the Portuguese is known to rely on trusted lieutenants to get the job done.
There can be no denying that Lingard is one such player that Mourinho has called upon in the past. Having worked together at United, the 57-year-old played Lingard in 107 of his 144 games in charge.
Spurs have also been linked with a swoop for the former England international this month
Lingard was a trusted lieutenant of Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Man United
Moreover, that consistent game time also gave rise to Lingard's best football to date. The 28-year-old bagged 20 goals and 11 assists in those games under Mourinho, forcing his way into Gareth Southgate's first XI for that World Cup campaign.
Again, there may be doubts about Lingard's potential playing time for Spurs, given the plethora of options at Mourinho's disposal.
He is unlikely to shuffle his pack and has no qualms in leaving big name players on the outskirts, with Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Harry Winks being handed limited minutes this season.
But Mourinho's track record in using the Englishman would understandably give him confidence in forcing a way into the Portuguese's plans.
Lingard would face stiff competition to force his way into Mourinho's starting eleven, though
There is surely no better time to be joining West Ham than right now.
David Moyes has overseen a complete transformation in the east London club's fortunes this season, taking the Hammers from relegations strugglers to top six challengers in the space of a few short months.
That success can be attributed to Moyes' ability to squeeze the most out of his stars. Jarrod Bowen has become one of the most electric players in the top flight, Tomas Soucek has