This is your weekly reminder that Tony Pulis didn’t think Serge Gnabry was good enough for West Brom in 2015.
Five years later, and the man sold by Arsenal for just £5million has sent Bayern Munich through to the Champions League final by scoring twice in their 3-0 win over Lyon.
Gnabry was at in again in Lisbon
Bayern look unstoppable this season
The 25-year-old netted his eighth and ninth Champions League goals this season, following four against Tottenham and two at Chelsea, to set-up a final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon on Sunday.
Robert Lewandowski has a pretty impressive record too: he netted his 55th goal of the campaign, equalling Gerd Muller’s record for a single season at Bayern, to inflict a heavy defeat which was harsh on Lyon.
The French club were actually the better team for large spells, but they failed to take their chances, while Bayern were characteristically clinical.
Off the back of an 8-2 victory over Barcelona, many expected Bayern to run rings around Lyon, but that was far from the case in the opening moments.
Underdogs Lyon seized the initiative and should’ve gone in front twice, first through Memphis Depay and then when Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post.
When you’ve got players like Gnabry, you barely need a sniff to score, and that proved to be the case when the 25-year-old winger smashed one into the top corner from outside the box.
If that was a hammer blow, Gnabry’s second before half-time all-but ended the game, although Lewandowski will question how he failed to score at the first time of asking and forced his teammate to convert the rebound.
But Lyon were spirited in the second-half, exposing Bayern’s high line and suspect defending, which would’ve certainly excited the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe watching on.
Until about 80 minutes, there was always a chance the Ligue 1 club could make things interesting by getting a goal back, then Lewandowski scored a stunning header.
talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the final on Sunday – and we don’t want to jinx anything – but it promises to be special.