Matt Doherty is following a path well trodden with a move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.
That transfer was the making of Kieran Trippier, who won a LaLiga title in Spain under Diego Simeone, before returning to the Premier League with Newcastle.
Doherty is heading to Atletico on loan for the rest of the season, with Antonio Conte signing Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon.
He will be hoping for a similar transformative effect on his career under Simeone.
Trippier gave fascinating insight into the relentless nature of the Argentine at Atletico and the time and attention he gave him.
Trippier told The Athletic: “He’s hard to explain… but when you see him on the touchline, that’s how he is in every training session, every passing drill. He’s just relentless. He’d work me for an hour and a half after training doing one-v-ones, showing me clips from my time at Tottenham, saying I should be doing this or that.
“He helped me such a lot. He got me into positions I never thought I’d be in as a footballer. A lot of people were saying that Atletico was the wrong decision for me and ‘he won’t get past the halfway line in a Simeone team’ but I didn’t really think about that.”
Trippier also explained the meticulous preparation that the Atletico boss would do and ways in which he would try and motivate his players before important games.
Jorginho to Arsenal, Chelsea striving to complete Fernandez move, Southampton record deal
Chelsea signed forward who spent eight hours completing Spurs medical in brutal lesson
Man United had beaten Arsenal to deal but then Real Madrid ruined everything with one call
FA Cup fifth round draw: Date, time, ball numbers and talkSPORT coverage
Arsenal fan Woods captures moment she ruined O’Hara’s day with Spurs transfer news
Jose Mourinho makes Roma players pose for awkward photo after defeat to Napoli
“One-to-one, the night before we went for the title against Valladolid, he pulled me in,” Trippier explained to the Daily Mirror.
“He showed me a video of when I signed, the press conference, where I said what I wanted to achieve with Atletico Madrid.
“I said that day I wanted to win the title. He remembered that and wanted to remind me. That moment spurred me on against Valladolid in that decisive last game, and we won it.
“Little details like that get the extra percentage out of player. He is very clever.”
On the Argentine’s character, Trippier added: “Simeone was incredible with me. He knew how I played. He changed my game defensively. He changed my game and the work I did individually, and I learned so much from him.
“His wife speaks perfect English. He is a manager who has to speak fluently because he wants to get his message across.
“If he couldn’t get his point across he would get agitated, frustrated. Can he manage in England one day? I would love to see it.”
Now Trippier is a vital cog in the revolution at Newcastle and Doherty will want a similar experience after jetting to Madrid.
It won’t be all sangria and sunshine under Simeone, that’s for sure.