When Stewart Downing left Premier League side West Ham to drop down a division to former club Middlesbrough the move was hailed as a masterstroke.
Downing himself was praised for making the transfer, but so far he has found it tough going in the Championship.
The winger underwhelmed again last night as Middlesbrough slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Cardiff City.
The promotion chasers have slipped to sixth in the table and could fall out of the play-off spots if Derby County win their game in hand this evening.
Downing recorded a 96 per cent pass completion rate, but failed to get any of his two shots on target. It is this lack of a cutting edge which has been the telling story for Downing and the team as a whole since his arrival.
The 31-year-old has scored only one time in 12 games, and he has only one assist to show for it. This was not for a lack of trying; he created five chances last night but nothing seemed to work for him.
The former West Ham ace is a victim of high expectations, and with Middlesbrough showing signs of inconsistency - winning six of 12 games so far, it is natural he will receive some of the flak.
That is precisely what began to happen last night after the loss, with supporters taking to social media to criticise his display.
Here is a look at what they had to say about his performance...
#Boro Same old failings coming back to haunt us, 0 goals in 3 games. Surely Forshaw to be finally given his chance. Downing disappointing!!— Mark Harris (@Horace8888) October 20, 2015
Expect more from Downing in games like these he needs to be the man to win us the game that's what he was brought in for. Onto wolves #utb— jordan watson (@jordanwatson26) October 20, 2015
Never one to pick a scapegoat and point fingers but Downing was piss poor again, that might even be a compliment.— Jordan (@jordanauckland) October 20, 2015
Drop Downing. Karanka preaches that no player is guaranteed a game but downing is. He's not hitting the level we know he can at present.— tom (@teessidetom) October 20, 2015