Emmanuel Adebayor took so long in getting himself ready to return to England from Afcon 2013 that Spurs sent a private plane to retrieve him.
Tottenham fans were irate that Ade did not put foot to White Hart Lane, after Togo were eliminated from Africa’s continental showdown.
The London club are in the midst of a striking crisis, and Ade is their only fit recognised goal getter.
Spurs had badly wanted the lanky hit-man to return to London in time to train for their weekend clash against Newcastle.
And so when it became clear that he would miss the match if left to his own devices, Spurs chartered a private jet to go and get him.
As it happened, Adebayor missed Spurs’ last training session before their eventual win over the Magpies, and started the match on the bench.
"Yes, (we sent a jet to get him)," Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed.
"He arrived in Luton yesterday around 6 o'clock and then joined the team at the hotel."
If AVB shared the anger of the Spurs fans regarding Ade’s apparent lack of urgency, he did well to remain diplomatic, and chalked the striker’s late arrival down to “issues”.
"It was obviously good to have him," said Villas-Boas.
"He helped the team get the result so it is good to get him back.
"It's very difficult. First he was authorised to come back on Friday. Some issues arose that have put that comeback in jeopardy, but he still was in time to come back and make an impact from the bench."