Here's Everton manager Ronald Koeman on his skipper Phil Jagielka.
“I'm really pleased because Phil has had a difficult time,” said the Dutchman.
“He had a difficult time when he was not playing because it's a different role.
“I've asked him still to be captain of the team and I think he changed his mentality in that.”
These words, though, aren't from this week. They aren't even from this season.
Instead, Koeman's comments came back in April after Jagielka had responded to a spell on the sidelines by returning to the starting line-up and posting a succession of impressive performances.
Now the centre-back finds himself in a similar situation.
Whereas in spring it was the poor form – and later injury – to Ramiro Funes Mori that opened the door for his return, the Everton captain is this time being touted as a replacement for Ashley Williams in the Blues' back line.
For Williams, the sense of deja vu is less welcome.
Two weeks ago, a slack pass out of defence from the centre-back allowed Apollon Limassol to snaffle a goal that helped earn a 2-2 Europa League draw at Goodison.
More costly, though, was an almost identical error for Wales that helped gift Republic of Ireland a winner in Cardiff on Monday and send his country tumbling out of the World Cup in their decisive final qualifying match.
Yes, Williams wasn't helped by being put under unnecessary pressure by a poor throw out from Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
But that it came hot on the heels of his previous blunder has increased the spotlight on the former Swansea City centre-back.
Williams, like so many of his Everton colleagues, has been below par this season, even if he was fortunate to sit out the horror that was Atalanta.
Jagielka suffered as much as anyone that evening in Italy, but has otherwise carried his solid form over from the end of the previous campaign.
While injury has kept him out since he provided a rare chink of light during a gloomy defeat at Old Trafford, Jagielka this week declared he was fit and available for selection when Premier League hostilities resume at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
It leaves Koeman with a decision to make.
Should Everton opt for a back three at the weekend, it would be sensible for Jagielka to take his place alongside Williams and Michael Keane at the heart of the defence.
But if Koeman goes for a back four, with Keane a regular starter, he must choose between Williams and Jagielka.
Interestingly, when it comes to pure defending, statistics are in favour of Williams, with no Everton centre-back making on average more interceptions, blocks and clearances during a Premier League game this season.
And while the tackle count favours Jagielka ahead of Keane, the latter leads almost all the passing and distribution figures.
The Atalanta game aside, Williams has featured in every game for Everton this season.
Koeman, though, has assembled an expensive squad for a reason. Competition for places should be fierce, and with Jagielka back that will now be put to the test.
It would be a harsh call given how the player will be hurting at present.
But taking Williams out of the firing line this weekend could be in the long-term interests of both Everton and the player himself.