He arrived labelled the TGV but was derailed by injury in no time and his career hit the buffers. Zola came up with the wizard wheeze of playing him as a right back and Grant couldn't understand it was a joke and persisted with the folly.
Then along came Sam with 4-3-3 and Faubert played as an advanced midfielder. But the guy looked hopeless: no pace, no anticipation, no final ball, no composure in front of goal. Right back, right wing, both amounted to the same thing: less Faubert, more Faux Pas.
And then along came Millwall!
God knows what they put in his tea before the game, but whatever it was, I want some! Faubert played like a man possessed, up and down the right flank, breaking forward, tracking back, and even bursting into the box. True he missed a goodish chance and failed to throw himself in where it hurts to connect with a first half cross, but let's not quibble - this was a new, animated, inspired model, this was a new Faubert.
People are asking if this was his best game of the season. Stupid question! This was the best game of his career and he so nearly capped it all with a goal, a delicious header rebounding off the bar. Much more of this and Real Madrid will want him back again!
I have been a vociferous critic of Faubert, so it's only fair that I pay tribute now. Will he keep it up? Has the frog turned into a handsome prince? Let's see!