For the most part, Toni Kroos has slotted into life at Real Madrid quite well.
Early worries about the loss of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria proved premature as Madrid embarked on a Spanish record number of consecutive wins late last year.
Kroos was at the fulcrum of this run but his performances have dipped in recent weeks.
The Germany international has good reason for it. Fatigue is catching up with him.
He didn’t receive a summer break as he was busy helping his country win a fourth World Cup.
Then the hectic schedule of the Champions League holders took over with the World Club Cup joining an already packed fixture list.
The defeat at Bilbao at the weekend was Kroos’ worst display for Madrid. He’ll be sure to give a better account of himself when they play Schalke tonight.