Rafa Mir was given another opportunity to prove that he can be a useful asset for Nottingham Forest during the trip to Millwall, but once again fluffed his lines.

The Spaniard has now taken in 13 appearances for the Reds.

Within those he has seen 212 minutes of Championship football.

He is yet to find the back of the net.

Watching him at The Den, you got the feeling that he could have played all night and not opened his account.

The sight of Lewis Grabban being readied shortly after the hour mark came as no surprise.

For many, Sabri Lamouchi probably should have made that call much sooner.

Especially as Forest’s leading marksman needed less than 60 seconds to make his mark!

Grabban found the target twice in a 28-minute cameo.

In that time, he took in only three fewer touches than Mir managed.


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With two of those being finishing ones.

In over an hour on the field, Mir saw the ball 16 times.

And the most alarming statistic – certainly for him – is that none of those came in the opposition box.

A big fat zero!

Grabban saw four touches within sight of goal despite playing less than a third of the game.

Even Michael Dawson and Joe Worrall managed one apiece – with the latter teeing up the Reds’ first goal of the evening.

Mir can argue that he needs better service in order to impact proceedings in dangerous areas.

He has a point.

Forest were pretty terrible in the opening 45 minutes at The Den.


Their Spanish striker did not get too many opportunities to get near the Millwall box.

He does, however, need to get involved in the game more.

If he has to drop a little deeper and go looking for the ball, allowing everyone to move up as a collective, then so be it.

He was, not the first time this season, the definition of ineffectual against the Lions.

Serious questions are now being asked of his future on Trentside.

With Forest expected to bring in another forward in the January window, where does Mir’s face fit?

Is it worth keeping him around or cutting short a season-long loan?

He has not offered much of an argument for an extended stay.

A lack of regular game time has not helped his cause, with attacking talent very much reliant on minutes to build confidence.

He has, though, looked lost when given chances to prove his worth and is posting the kind of numbers which make it difficult to justify the minutes he needs to find any kind of form.

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