Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has a tale of woe that has become all too familar for under-performing players at the highest level, shunned by their manager after failing to shine and unable to show their true class despite doing everything in their power to turn the ride.
Torres has the sympathy of an overwhelming majority of neutral fans because he was at one time arguably the most feared marksman on the continent, leading the line for Liverpool and Spain with a predatory instinct that at times made him simply unplayable, just ask Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.
There comes a time when managers like Blues boss Jose Mourinho decide to cut their losses and ship out an under-fire star who is simply not able to cut it at the highest level, however brilliant their highlight reel may be.
GMS has decided to look at 10 stars who either need a fresh challenge or drastic change in fortunes to justify staying in their prized position, particularly with Mourinho and co. given a very short window of opportunity to shape up or ship out by trigger-happy chairman desperate for instant success.
Click ahead and check out the top 10 most frustrating former stars this season, and feel free to share your thoughts or suggest other flops who should feature in your opinion!