While Nottingham Forest are in the market for another frontman, questions are being asked of one already on their books – Rafa Mir.

It is fair to say the Spaniard has hardly set the world alight during his time on Trentside.

In truth, he has barely produced a spark.

A lack of regular game will, admittedly, have contributed to his struggles for form.

If you are only getting the odd cameo here and there, then consistency is difficult to establish.

He is, however, getting plenty of opportunity to showcase his talent on the training ground.

That is obviously not enough to earn him favour with Sabri Lamouchi.

Mir has seen just 148 minutes of Championship football this season.

His solitary start came away at Wigan when Lewis Grabban was rested on the back of the October international break.

Forest’s only away defeat of the season is hardly a notable entry on the 22-year-old’s CV.


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In many ways, it rather sums his loan spell up.

Chances came his way at the DW Stadium, but lines were fluffed.

Lamouchi resorted back to his tried and tested within 10 minutes of the second-half starting.

Grabban has not been removed from the firing line again.

That is hardly an ideal situation for Forest, with the general consensus being that more firepower is required.

The Reds have a proven first choice, but virtually nothing beyond that.

January will open up another window of opportunity.

Arrivals are to be expected, but what about departures?

Will the gamble on Mir be written off, with another forward following Leo Bonatini back to Wolves with his tail between his legs?

Forest legend Kenny Burns has, in a rather scathing assessment, suggested that should be the case.


The outspoken Scot has said in the Nottingham Post: “I’d send Rafa Mir back to Wolves in January, or before I could get away with it.

“He’s just not up to it – I watch him and wonder if he’s ever played the game before.”


Harsh but fair, I suppose.

Tough love may be what Mir needs in order to start fulfilling the potential that Wolves believe he has and previous outings for Spain’s U21 side have hinted at.

Forest have, unfortunately, seen none of that.

Mir has looked more than a little lost and painfully short on confidence.

As he has no binding ties to the City Ground, it may be best for all concerned that he is set free.

His current lack of action is only going to get worse when/if Lamouchi lands another goal-getter in the New Year.

In much the same way that cutting short Aro Muric’s season-long agreement with Manchester City may actually prove beneficial, the same can be said for Mir as he wallows in the mire.

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