Sometimes, circumstances change and the doors open.
From being unable to go any further, fate aligns and the passage becomes clear.
It just means that you have to be on your toes to capitalise on it.
Rob Holding is seeing some doors open right now - but can he make the most of his chance?
Last season wasn’t a great one for the former Bolton man. He slid down the pecking order after a few understandably shaky moments. His youth rose to the fore and with comes inexperience. this particular trait is probably among the most important for defenders, so young Holding was always going to flounder at some point.
It happened to coincide with a return to form for Calum Chambers though, and Holding sat on the bench some more.
This season though, Emery has revitalised things, and wiped the slate clean.
In the summer, Holding was way down the pecking order, but now he has but one hurdle, and this particular obstacle is blowing heavily in the wind, teeter-tottering precariously.
Shkodran Mustafi is the man with the starting spot right now, but his inability to adapt quickly to Emery’s new tactics will stick in the craw at some point. Plus, this is exactly where Holding’s youth can come in handy. No deep-set preconceptions, no ingrained muscle memory - Holding can be moulded into what Emery needs.
With Koscielny crocked and Chambers on loan, Holding has a fantastic opportunity to leave his mark on proceedings, and Unai Emery’s memory.
Holding signed a new long term deal this summer, along with Chambers. Both of these look to be our future at centre-back, plus Holding is still only 22. He made 24 apps in all competitions last campaign, and with the severe lack of competition for a spot, that could well be more this season.
Everything has fallen well for the lad, but can he take advantage?