Victor Camarasa arrived on Welsh shores as a firm unknown quantity, having not ventured out of his native Spain prior to making the move.
But after his season-long loan spell in the Welsh Capital met its conclusion, Camarasa departed as a cultured figure of captivation and idolisation.
And although the Spaniard was powerless to prevent Cardiff City from returning to the Championship, a lasting impression of exquisite expertise had been engraved in the hearts and souls of the Bluebirds faithful.
Over the course of the season, Camarasa recorded five goals and a further four assists, playing his best football in an advanced midfield role that fully facilitated his technical prowess and willingness to progress forward with possession.
Subsequently, eye-widening interest swiftly emerged. According to various reports, the likes of Leicester City, Everton and Spurs were all keeping tabs on Camarasa, the latter of whom reached the Champions League final that same campaign.
Make no mistake about it, the pedigree of the rumoured parties only evidenced the midfielder’s wealth of talent and exuberance.
After his sensational spell in South Wales, what has come of Victor Camarasa’s career since?
It came as a startling surprise when Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace secured Camarasa’s highly-coveted signature ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, for many anticipated the Real Betis midfielder would be announcing his talents on the Continental stage.
But an even bigger ambience of shock arose when Camarasa emerged as a peripheral figure in the Capital, only playing six minutes of league football for the Eagles before seeing his loan deal terminated in January.
Much to his detriment, the Levante academy product simply did not fit the bill of what Hodgson demanded from his midfield operators.
In stark contrast to some of the other midfield players at Selhurst Park, Camarasa was not, or ever will be a tireless, industrious grafter willing to sit behind the ball.
Instead, Camarasa possesses a host of technical qualities and enjoys venturing upfield whilst seeing as much of the ball as possible.
Therefore, it illuminates a sense of mystery and confusion why the former England head coach sought to bring Camarasa to the club in the first place.
Following the termination of Camarasa’s loan deal, brief hopes of a return to the Cardiff City Stadium were quickly ignited.
Along with Norwich City, the rumour mill hallmarked his former employers as a potential destination but soon, the former Spanish youth International would return to his homeland, agreeing terms with Deportivo Alaves until the end of the season.
Camarasa’s brief spell in the Basque Country was far from an abject failure, becoming a frequent feature in the starting XI as El Glorioso narrowly avoided relegation.
But at the same time, a sole assist in his time at the Mendizorrotza Stadium proved that the loan switch had failed to yield full fruition.
During a pre-season training session on 24th August, disaster struck for the classy playmaker.
Dishearteningly, a cruciate ligament injury put an abrupt end to any hopes Camarasa may have harboured of reinstating his presence in Betis’ first team this campaign.
Following surgery, the scheduled return date is pencilled in to be around the beginning of next month.
But as of present, the Andalusians are embracing success, sitting only one point away from Europa League qualification.
Along with this, Sergio Canales- who often plays in the same position as Camarasa- is enjoying the best season of his career, weighing in with seven goals and five assists in eighteen matches.
What does the future hold for Camarasa?
There is a widespread belief that Camarasa has not reached the expectations he once seemed destined to meet.
In his formative years at Levante, Camarasa materialized as one of Spain’s hottest young properties and at one point, had been courted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Now though, a move away from Betis seems to be where his best chance of revival lay. It is paramount that sooner rather than later, Camarasa can move to a side that can provide the benefit of regular football that he needs to flourish.
Although the 26-year old’s current career path may not quite serve justice to his quality, few would dispute the talent Camarasa has in his locker at his best.
For Camarasa’s sake, let’s all hope he can rekindle his career and showcase his enrapturing excellence once more.