Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov is back in Serie A after joining newly-promoted Parma on loan.
The 23-year-old Bulgaria international endured an injury-hit spell at Eastlands, making just three Premier League starts in two years.
Bojinov did look a talented prospect when fit, but the summer arrivals of three big name strikers means his playing time would have been severely limited next season.
We are seeing more of these types of deal, where a loan is mutually beneficial to both sides.
Clearly his opportunities would have been limited during 2009/10, and the likelihood is that he is not entirely fully fit following his injuries.
From watching him during his time in Serie A, he is an absolute bull of a player so it is something of a surprise that he has been so fragile during his time with us, especially given how innocuous his injuries were.
I'm pleased this is a loan deal as it does still leave the opportunity for him to put his injury woes behind him, kick-start his career and return fully fit next summer. With a Parma side returning to Serie A and lacking strikers he should see plenty of action and the hope his he can get 25-30 games under his belt.