Earlier today, Atletico Madrid and Fernando Torres himself confirmed the striker would be returning to the Vicente Calderon on a loan deal from AC Milan.
Much has been made of Fernando Torres' rapid decline and many will see the loan as a low risk move, or even more cynically, as a novelty act to placate fans.
Truth be told, the aforementioned probably is true; Torres is still affectionately referred to as El Nino (The Kid) by Atletico fans and he is coming to the club for free. Nonetheless, the move would not be possible if Diego Simeone had any doubts on Torres' ability; after all, his side have a very realistic opportunity to win either La Liga, the Champions League or the Copa Del Rey.
With a record like 1 goal in 10 for AC Milan this season, or indeed 20 league goals in 110 for Chelsea, it is hard to see what footballing ability Torres has left, but it is still there.
A large part of Torres' struggles has boiled down to a misunderstand he is a prolific striker. Takeaway his rather laughable recent record, Torres' goalscoring record for Atletico Madrid, Spain and to a lesser degree, Liverpool, is still rather dismissible compared to true marksmen.
For example, Torres' record for Atletico reads as 91 goals in 244 games, a record far weaker than Diego Forlan's 96 in 196, or Sergio Aguero's 101 in 234 (which reads as 94 in 192 taking away his 1st season as a 17 year old), or Radamel Falcao's 70 in 91, or Diego Costa's 64 in 135.
His record for Spain is rather average as well, standing at 38 in 110, compared to Raul's 44 in 102 and David Villa's 59 in 97.
What has blinded people for so long was Torres' undeniable talent as a 16 year old breaking into the Atletico Madrid team. A rather impressive goalscoring record vs Barcelona (7 in 10); as well as becoming club captain at the tender age of 19 only heightened his hype. When this talent came to fruition in his first season at Liverpool, which included scoring the winning goal in the Euro 2008 final vs Germany, The Kid could do no wrong in the eyes of fans and the media.
Central to his world class performances was Rafa Benitez's counter attacking system which made the most of his searing pace and intelligent movement to ensure Torres always had the ball in space, instead of tight spaces which highlighted his lack of a first touch. Benitez also partnered Torres with Steven Gerrard to ensure he would have consistent service; as proved during his time at Atletico Madrid, Torres was not the most clinical or indeed capable of running an attack by himself.
Inevitably, Torres failed. His flagging form had been blamed on the numerous injuries he sustained at Liverpool. To a degree, that is true, his injuries robbed him of the pace he used to get away from opponents. It doesn't, however, explain how Torres' form in the first half of the 2010/11 season for Liverpool is significantly greater than the second half of that season for Chelsea. Nor does that explain why his form during the 2012/13 season with Benitez in charge was significantly better than the overall form he had shown throughout his Chelsea career. To clarify just how significant it was, Torres had scored 22 goals that season - in his other three seasons at Chelsea, he scored 23 goals.
The Fernando Torres who dominated for Liverpool has long gone, but it is clear Torres still has something to offer if used correctly. Diego Simeone's brand of counter attacking is similar to Benitez's, albeit with less emphasis on possession. With Atletico's other attackers struggling to replace the Diego Costa shaped hole, there is definitely space for Torres to make an impression.