Burnley boss Sean Dyche has claimed the signing of Jack Cork last summer from Swansea was a 'no-brainer', as the Englishman prepares to face his old club on Saturday.
The Clarets are flying high in the Premier League this season and are seventh after 11 games, and Cork has received plaudits for some of his performances in midfield.
By contrast, Swansea have struggled, and their decision to sanction his sale for £10m is looking like an increasingly silly one.
The Swans' loss is Burnley's gain, and Dyche is pleased with the 28-year-old's start to life at Turf Moor. He said as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph: "One of the hardest things as a manager is that old favourite familiarity breeds contempt.
"You can get to the point where you’re wondering what they do rather than remembering, and that can happen to varying players.
"This is bigger picture, not about Corky, but sometimes it’s a change of points in time - we want a new version of whatever player we’ve got, and then is that better? That can only be decided when the new player comes in.
"Corky is a good character, I’ve known him since he was younger, he came to Watford, and I really enjoyed what he was giving the team.
“He was very young, and I’ve watched his career from a distance since, and when he became available it was a no-brainer. I really pushed to get it done when we knew he was available."