Last season, West Ham United decided with David Moyes that Nikola Vlasic would not be part of the squad, so a loan to Torino was organised.

The midfielder was sent to Italy with an option to buy, which was a long running story throughout the campaign, with many articles written about whether it would be triggered or not.

In the end, an agreement was found, and the Croatia international left West Ham to sign for the Serie A side permanently, which hasn’t gone to plan so far, as explained by Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday.

The newspaper dedicate a whole page to the player’s situation, as he will undergo a special preparation program to get him back to full fitness after he was sent back from his national team due to muscle fatigue.

His performances this season have been ‘below expectations’, as he has no goals and no assists in 10 appearances for the club, and they have ‘progressively dropped’ since he returned from the World Cup in Qatar, ‘as if the sun had drained his batteries’.

Torino bought him from West Ham in an ‘important economic investment’, by their standards, in the summer, after he found the back of the net five times and assisted another six in 34 games, and he ‘needs to get back to that level as soon as possible’.

It appears there is some worry starting to seep in over in Turin, but the Hammers won’t really be bothered, since they already have their money.