In the not-too-distant past, Alexis Sanchez was known for his pace and energy.
At Arsenal, it wasn’t uncommon to see the Chilean ghosting past defenders.
However, since joining Manchester United last January, he’s struggled to produce his best form, often resembling a shadow of his effervescent former self.
It has led to suggestions that the 29-year-old is suffering from burnout.
Before moving to Old Trafford, he spent a decade consistently playing more than 50 matches a season for club and country.
Many believe it has taken its toll.
One recent bit of information that appears to back up those claims is that he was beaten in sprint tests by Juan Mata, a player not blessed with pace.
According to the Independent , it can be put down to wear and tear.
Sanchez is currently out until the new year after suffering a hamstring injury in training.
Speaking about the player’s form and future in November, United boss Jose Mourinho insisted he was improving.
Asked whether he wanted to leave, he said: “I don’t think so, because he never told me that he wants to leave or isn’t happy to stay.
“Like the team. He’s improving, like the team is improving and when he plays he’s giving us his personality, his desire to play and to produce for the team.
“He’s trying to adapt to how we play and vice versa. Can he do better? I think we can all do better. I can do better, he can do better and all the other players can also do better.”