Fernando Torres’ latest drab performance during AC Milan’s 1-1 draw with fierce rivals Inter Milan on Sunday evening shows the striker is doomed to fail in Serie A.
The Spaniard, who only signed on with the Italian giants in the summer on a two-year loan deal after a disappointing spell at Chelsea, has found the net just once for his new employers way back in September.
And after a career that twinkled and shone during his younger days he now looks a player whose best days are long behind him, and may endure more humiliation during his time at the San Siro.
Given the performances he has been churning out for the last four years it seems remarkable to believe that Carlo Ancelotti once parted with £50 million for his services.
Whilst at Liverpool his sheer speed and eye for goal made him one of the best marksmen in world football, but injuries had already began to derail his career even before his stunning move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
His time in the capital is infamous and despite tasting glory in the Champions League in 2012 under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo failed to make the impact many had desired.
Instead it was his Ivorian teammate Didier Drogba, the man he was signed to replace, that powered them through to the promise land in Munich.
Redemption of sorts came in the Europa League, where his goals helped fire the Blues to the trophy under his former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, but for all of his efforts the difference between the freescoring Torres and the imposter that replaced him was all to see.
And it was with a heavy heart and the transfers of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Drogba himself that Jose Mourinho bid him farewell and into Inzaghi’s welcoming arms earlier this year.
Milan themselves have started the season respectably, especially after last year’s nightmare under Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf, but the misery that haunted the 30-year-old’s time at Chelsea shows every sign of blighting his time at Milan as well.
His solitary goal makes for bleak reading but that he has failed to contribute an assist either shows Inzaghi would be wise to look elsewhere a forward capable of firing them back into the Champions League after this years absence.
Jackson Martinez of Porto appeals and if he is successfully recruited then it could limit Torres to peripheral appearances from the substitutes bench, where minutes and game-time would not come so regularly.
The club need a talisman capable of delivering goals galore, but the Spanish international currently does not look like that man and may pay the price if he fails to produce the goods any time soon.
Milan should give him until the end of the season before then making a decision over his future.
Cutting his loan deal directly in half would be a bitter blow for Torres and be the final nail in the coffin for a career that had once promised so much.