Football is a quickly evolving workplace, and plenty of players have fallen foul of it down the years.
One minute you’re at the top, a key player in the team and flying high. The next, you’re down the pecking order and out of the picture.
Take the case of Queens Park Rangers defender Toni Leistner. The German arrived at the club from Union Berlin on a free transfer and went on to become a key man for the R’s making 46 appearances in all competitions.
He made such a positive impression that he wore the captain’s armband in every game he started in.
Fast-forward to this season and the situation could not be any different. The German has made two appearances in the club’s five Championship games so far, managing less than an hour in the process.
That’s not an ideal situation for him to be in, and now his agent has confirmed his client has had offers to leave the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with a potential return to Germany an option for him.
“Yes, there were requests for Toni, but the conditions did not fit at that time,” he told Sport 1.
“The situation at QPR is not ideal at the moment, Toni does not want to flee, but if he is presented with an interesting challenge, he will probably think about it.
“Of course, the Bundesliga, which he continues to follow closely, would be one of the first options.”