Chelsea will recall Romelu Lukaku from his loan spell at West Brom at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old Belgian international was miffed to find himself on the bench more often than not, when he first joined Chelsea from Anderlecht two seasons ago.
Didier Drogba was enjoying his Stamford Bridge swansong at the time, while a succession of coaches was under pressure to coax the best from expensive flop, Fernando Torres.
And so it was with relief that Lukaku joined the Baggies on loan this season, and he has flourished with regular first-team game time.
He has scored 13 goals for the Midlands club so far this campaign, and is a firm fans’ favourite there.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke would love to keep Lukaku, but he is resigned to losing the bulky Belgian to the Blues.
Chelsea have lacked firepower upfront this season, with Torres still in a slump.
Demba Ba arrived this season, and is a slightly better, older version of Lukaku. And Chelsea remain keen to supplement their strike force with another big-name signing.
But now that Lukaku is making good on his potential, he will be given the chance to sign at the Bridge.
"He is Chelsea's player," Clarke said of Lukaku.
"He belongs to Chelsea and he will go back there in the summer.
"I have never thought it would be possible Chelsea would let him come back next season. He came on a season-long loan and we're grateful we got him."