Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao to much fanfare on transfer deadline day, but the Colombian international has made only three starts for the club.
He has in that time returned one goal, but missed the big games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
A new report in The Mail suggests manager Louis van Gaal is worried over his seemingly brittle nature, and is yet to be convinced about sanctioning a further investment.
"He has scored once this season and Van Gaal and his coaching staff know they will have to see a vast improvement on that return if Falcao is to justify his big wages between now and the summer.
"United cannot afford to commit to a long-term contract that would cost them more than £1million a month in wages on a player who will be 29 in February unless they are sure he is up to it."
The stance makes sense, for not only the £12 million per year wages are a high price, but he will cost them a reported £43 million to sign permanently.
The fact Falcao is even playing right now is a credit to him, having suffered a serious knee injury in January which caused him to miss the World Cup.
United are managing him sensibly to allow the striker to recover to his peak form. It is a gamble from both perspectives, deciding to pay or not.
Players can take over a season to get back to their best after such a serious injury, so United face passing on him, at the risk of him becoming the freescoring striker once regarded as the world'd best a season later. This is a stance which could be disastrous if he lands up signing for a rival.
The flip side of the coin is that United spend big to sign him, and land up in a Fernando Torres style scenario, overpaying vastly for a striker whose best years are behind him.
Right now it is too early to decide which is the best option, and Louis van Gaal is right to reserve judgement.
Falcao has already spoke of knowing he needs to earn the deal, and the sooner he can get back to his very best, the more secure his position will become, and he will be taking nothing for granted.