When Gareth Bale left Tottenham Hotspur, many pundits questioned whether the London club would prove to have been a one-man team.
For the past few seasons, Welsh international Bale was the man Spurs looked to for inspiration, and for the security of knowing he could win them games virtually on his own.
And so despite the glittering array of exciting players brought in to replace him, the loss of Bale was the definitive narrative at White Hart Lane at the beginning of the season.
But now it seems there is a new name ringing out in the white half of North London: Andros Townsend.
After struggling to break into the Spurs first-team squad, young England winger Townsend is enjoying a breakthrough season.
He is keeping expensive, highly-rated Argentine Erik Lamela and speedster Aaron Lennon out of the team, and has smoothed over the cracks left by Bale’s departure.
In fact, according to Spurs’ articulate Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, the club may have already found its “new Gareth Bale.”
“I think Andros can be our new Gareth Bale,” Vertonghen said.
“He has so much pace, technique and skill, and he can destroy you with both feet. I just hope he can keep going like this and he can be our best-ever player.
“I really think that, maybe one day, he could reach that level if he keeps working, which I’m sure he will. He’s still young, and in another two or three years I think he can reach that level.
“He’s 100% professional and I like him as a person as well so I’m very happy he’s doing this well.”
“I remember playing against him in training last year. Sometimes I played left-back so I played against him when he was on the right wing in training, and I never liked playing against him,” he added.
“I was asking: Why is this guy not playing every week, with this talent? But of course, he had Aaron Lennon ahead of him and had to wait for his chance.”