When Koo Ja-cheol made the loan switch from Wolfsburg to Augsburg - twice - he was aware that he was joining a lesser club.
Having impressed and almost single-handedly inspired Augsburg to avoid relegation in each of the last two seasons, with eight goals in 36 appearances, Wolfsburg also realised the talent they had on the payroll, and blocked Augsburg's attempts to sign him permanently.
Back with the Wolves, Koo was in a side expected to challenge for Europe and not struggle to avoid relegation.
Ahead of their trip to Augsburg on Sunday, Koo finds himself in an inferior position to the one he would have been in by staying in Bavaria, with the Wolves trailing Augsburg by a point.
There is nothing the South Korean can do to change that, though, since he has been ruled out with an ankle injury, much to Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl's chagrin.
``I would have liked to have seen Koo again,'' he said.
Happy to a certain degree since, without Koo, Weinzierl will fancy his side's chances even more of keeping the points in Bavaria.
``We go into this game with self-confidence and we want to lay the basis for our survival this season in our home games,'' Weinzierl said.
``We'll give it all we've got to get the three points, also because we want to keep Wolfsburg at a distance.''
Not only is Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking without Koo, but Christian Trasch may also miss out after clashing with Daniel Caligiuri in training.
``This is a sensitive time for us and we've got to pick up all the points we can,'' said Hecking.
``The Augsburg game is a very important one for us.''