When Morgan Schneiderlin left Everton for Nice in the summer, it’s fair to say that there were few at Goodison Park who were sorry to see him leave.
The Frenchman had become very much a divisive figure at the club during his time there, with a lack of form and a perceived bad attitude, meaning he was not lacking in criticism.
The hope for him was that a move back to France with Nice would provide him with a late kick to his career and allow him to continue playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues as well.
That has not proven to be the case, though, with Nice struggling and Schneiderlin having yet to prove a smart acquisition.
Indeed, after missing most of January with a calf injury, the former Everton man has found himself sat on the bench of late, failing to get off the bench vs PSG and playing cameo roles against the list of Angers, Marseille and Metz.
It’s far from the situation Schneiderlin imagined when he left Everton, something he admits is the case.
“Of course, it (sitting on the bench) annoys me. Everyone can see that. But I’m happy to have that reaction,” he told L’Equipe.
“If it didn’t, I would be wondering and wondering if I am still a competitor. The coach makes choices; I have to accept them.
“I think that my entries against Marseille and Metz showed that I am fighting and that I am still there.
“I want to get back to the eleven as soon as possible. You can ask my wife: I’m unpleasant at home because I don’t play. I’m a bit more unpleasant than usual. I hope that will change soon.
“We had a conversation before the match in Paris. Now I do my job, and he makes his choices.”