Adrien Silva cannot play for Leicester City until January because the documentation on his £22million transfer arrived just 14 seconds too late.
So, it perhaps seemed obvious when deciding on Silva’s squad number which was the most likely.
The number 16 was available after Tom Lawrence’s move to Derby, No.24 as Papy Mendy had gone out on loan to Nice and the No.27 following Marcin Wasilewski’s departure from the club.
But with Bartosz Kapustka out on loan at German club Freiberg – the No.14 was also available.
The delicious irony of Silva wearing the No.14 shirt was probably one that was just too good to miss.
The Portugal international was seen proud wearing the No.14 on his Leicester City training kit in pictures released yesterday.
At his old club Sporting Lisbon and for Portugal, Silva had worn the No.23 shirt, but that has already been allocated to Leonardo Ulloa.
Whether it is by accident or design, it is difficult to believe that the irony is not lost on Silva and the club.
City are presently considering whether to lodge an appeal to the Court for Arbitration in Sport after FIFA’s refusal to grant him international clearance to play.