During Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 defeat last night in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Dutch forward Rafael Van der Vaart cut a desolate figure.
After his teammate Peter Crouch was dismissed for two reckless challenges within the first 15 minutes, Spurs coach Harry Redknapp asked former Madrid player Van der Vaart to move upfield into a lone striker role.
But for the remaining 30 minutes of the half, despite much endeavour, his contribution was limited to chasing shadows and one half-chance from a Gareth Bale throw-in which he could not control quickly enough.
He was substituted at half-time.
This was not his first immensely frustrating day either—he had recently irked his manager by walking straight down the tunnel when he was substituted during a home stalemate against West Ham United.
Many observers would suggest that not only is his impact in North London waning, but also that he is possibly having a negative impact in the squad.
When asked about his actions, the 28 year old commented:
"I played well and did not find the substitution necessary. Often I like to play 90 minutes but at Spurs that hardly ever happens. I won't be back for 10 days, by then a lot of it will have blown over."
It has not blown over, and perhaps he is starting to realise that his teammates are not quite at the level he was hoping, and that their Champions league adventure this season will not be continued or repeated next season.
In this slideshow, which is based neither on fact nor fiction and only represents my views, I suggest five clubs the left-footer may be playing for next season.