Marco van Ginkel was supposed to enhance his career on loan at AC Milan, but big questions are instead emerging.
Marco van Ginkel is already looking like one of the unluckiest players Chelsea have signed in recent years.
The Dutchman suffered an ACL knee injury just one month into his debut season a year ago, and was unable to convince Jose Mourinho to keep him around this campaign.
He was sent out on loan instead to AC Milan, a glamour move which gave him the chance to play in Serie A alongside fellow Blue Fernando Torres.
So far though it has been a missed opportunity for Van Ginkel - He has played only 31 minutes of league football for the Italian giants in two months.
His plight has caught the attention, and alarm, of the Dutch press who have high hopes for the former Eredivisie star and former Netherlands under-21 international.
Voetball International report already that 'Time is running out for Van Ginkel', in an editorial explaining their worry.
"A player who may be one of the greatest talents of our country, to have a lost another year, he can not afford."
While noting the 'formidable' competition he faces in front of him in Michael Essien and Nigel de Jong, while captain Ricard Montolivo returning from injury soon will make his job even harder.
If the situation continues, Chelsea would be better off recalling him in January. He even probably would have got more minutes had he stayed at Stamford Bridge.
He surely would have been part of their League Cup run, while Milan are not in European competition and do not have to rotate their squad like Chelsea do for Champions League matches and Premier League games.
Jose Mourinho is not ignorant to situations like these regarding a played he sanctioned an £8 million move for, and it would not be a surprise to see him take action.