Out of sight, out of mind he may be but Valeri Bojinov is impressing nonetheless during the 2009/10 season.
Faced with the prospect of little playing time after almost two full seasons blighted by injury, he joined Parma - who returned to Serie A at the first attempt - on the eve of the season and has played a full part in their surprising run that sees them currently in third place in the table.
Obviously revelling in being back on the field and it has again been reported that his preference is to remain in Italy beyond this season:
"Parma was my opportunity, I thank the chairman (Tommaso) Ghirardi, sporting director (Pietro) Leonardi, (Francesco) Guidolin and also (Cesare) Prandelli, who put in a good word for me."Like many, I'd hoped that Bojinov's departure was not a permanent one, and that a season of regular football under his built could see him return to us next summer to re-start his City career. However, it is apparant that his time with us is all but over and the expectation is that his current move will ultimately be made permanent.