What a puzzling month it has been for once top Manchester United prospect Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Fosu-Mensah has remained out on loan at Fulham, where he currently has little chance of regular playing time.
Since Claudio Ranieri took over, Fosu-Mensah has played just 34 minutes of Premier League football, with Cyrus Christie preferred.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at United as interim manager gave rise to the possibility of a recall for Fosu-Mensah.
He made good progress, even featuring for United in the FA Cup semi-final win over Everton.
Jose Mourinho’s appointment was terrible for him, barely used in 2016/17, and then sent out on loans to Crystal Palace and Fulham.
This January was a chance for Solskjaer to bring him back and re-integrate Fosu-Mensah to the first team, or find him a new loan club.
United chose not to do so, which is worrying for Fosu-Mensah’s future.
There was reportedly interest in him from elsewhere. The Times reported Bayer Leverkusen were keen.
That approach is admirable, but it might not get him anywhere, with his opportunities at Fulham limited.
Fosu-Mensah at 21 can barely afford another wasted season. Yet it looks like that is exactly what is playing out.