Cristhian Stuani’s record in La Liga is mightily impressive, but his return in the Championship should be putting questions into the mind of Nottingham Forest.

The former Middlesbrough man is among those said to be registering on the Reds’ radar.

He is, admittedly, one of several to fall into that category.

With no official word, and none likely to come, you can make of the speculation what you will.

Some rumours will have substance.

Most will not.

Into which camp does Stuani fall?

And which should he occupy?

Links to the Uruguayan are easy enough to form – which probably goes some way towards explaining why they have surfaced.

He is likely to be on the move this summer, having suffered relegation in Spain with Girona.

Experience

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Stuani boasts prior experience of life in England, so has a profile in this country.

People know who he is and may be tempted to bring him back.

Especially after seeing the 32-year-old deliver 41 goals across the last two seasons.

In 2018-19, only Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema and Iago Aspas netted more times in La Liga.

That is some company to be keeping.

It is also a marked step up from what Stuani had been delivering on Teesside.

And it is that record with should have alarm bells ringing.

Back in 2015-16, the South American graced the second tier of English football.

Across 36 games he registered just seven goals and one assist, while creating only 15 chances for others.

Confidence

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

In a side managed by Aitor Karanka that secured promotion to the Premier League.

He did finish as Boro’s top scorer across all competitions with 11, but that is hardly a return to inspire confidence.

It can, of course, be argued that he would offer more if given more sights of the target.

As proven by his record in Spain.

He did, however, not set the Championship alight in the past, is now the wrong side of 30 and would, according to the Nottingham Post, demand a fee of around £6 million.

Would he be worth the risk at that price?

And with plenty of competition for his signature taken into account?

Forest are being linked with a number of other forwards who are considerably younger, with the potential to improve and be long-term solutions on Trentside.

Stuani is a fine player – one capable of competing with the elite in La Liga – but he may not represent the best value for the Reds.

If he is even in their thoughts at all!

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