Three years earlier, Daniel Arzani was taking the A-League by storm as the flamboyant teenager got the attention of Australian football fans all over.

In June 2018, the experienced enemy made his senior debut for the Socceroos and one month later made an unforgettable cameo look versus France at the World Cup in Russia.

A move to Manchester City rapidly followed after the competition with the Premier League giants swiftly lending out their promising Australian to Celtic.

After impressing for the Hoops’ academy side, Arzani was handed his debut for Celtic in October 2018 only for his dream year to end in catastrophe. A torn ACL ruled him out of the 2019 Asian Cup and he didn’t play once again until September 2019.

Idea fit once again, the Aussie only got to play 5 more minutes for the Hoops’ first-team across the 2019-20 season, with manager Neil Lennon deciding against offering him another possibility to shine in Scotland.

By August 2019, Arzani had actually secured another loan relocation, this time to the Netherlands with Eredivisie outfit Utrecht.

It was a transfer that seemed predestined to yield more video game time and guarantee an appealing career got back on track after a frustrating year. Yet after six months, it appears Arzani will require to look elsewhere for his next chance.

The now 22-year-old’s most minutes this previous season have actually come with Utrecht’s youth team where he has made six starts and scored one objective.

Arzani’s first-team participation at Utrecht so far has seen him make five cameo looks with two assists to his name throughout 102 minutes of action. 6 times the young Aussie has found himself an unused sub in the Eredivisie, with supervisor Rene Hake clearly reluctant to play him.

After making Utrecht’s bench over the weekend, Arzani was no place to be seen on their team sheet on Wednesday early morning (AEDT) as the club was up to a 1-0 loss versus Vitesse.

Fans of the club believe the young Aussie will be shipped back to Manchester City soon and from there he’ll require to discover somewhere he can play frequently for the next 6 months.

No longer that raw teen that got Melbourne City fans drooling 3 years earlier, Arzani’s career appears to be stalling and his next move could well decide whether he measures up to all of his initial hype.