It would be fair to say that Jordon Mutch hasn't exactly been having a lot of fun this year. Crystal Palace are mired in a relegation fight, where they currently sit 17th in the Premier League, and his last action, if you can call it such, was as an unused substitute at Bristol City in the League Cup. He's also sat on the bench at Old Trafford, and at home to Huddersfield Town this year.
The 26-year old has been featuring here and there for the club's U23 side, as he works to regain confidence and maintain his match fitness, but he hasn't had a proper outing since April, back when he was on loan to Championship side Reading.
For whatever rhyme or reason, he's been completely frozen out by Eagles manager Roy Hodgson. And with 15 months left to go on his contract, both the club and player needed an outlet to reignite his career.
Enter Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Discussions have been going on for some time regarding Mutch, and a loan deal with an option to buy is expected to be announced in the coming days, possibly as soon as tomorrow, when the 'Caps hold their Media Day at BC Place.
Mutch, a defensive-minded midfielder who prefers to play in the centre or on the left, will be eager to prove Hogdson wrong, and ingratiate himself with his new teammates. Whether as a permanent transfer here, or to attract attention elsewhere, Mutch has everything to prove.
He did play well against the 'Caps in their 2016 friendly, where he caused some problems for Nicolás Mezquida, Marcel de Jong, and David Ousted. He had at least one shot on target during the match, and another dangerous cross into the box.
Sean Franklin described the 'Caps as a "hungry team" after signing last week, and if Mutch isn't hungry after so much time on the sidelines, he never will be.
With Jordon Mutch all but done and dusted, will Felipe be next? Stay tuned to find out.