Nottingham Forest spent the summer recruiting several new players to give boss Sabri Lamouchi the very best chance of a successful season.
No fewer than 12 new players checked in at the City Ground and a large number of them have integrated nicely into the squad.
The Reds beat Brentford on Saturday to go second in the Championship and things appear to be on an upward curve for Forest.
With the second international break of the campaign now upon us, we at Seat Pitch continue with our new series which assesses the starts made by the Forest new-boys. Up next is Rafa Mir:
What’s the background?
Forest landed the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker on loan for the rest of the season after Tyler Walker was allowed to join Lincoln City.
The 22-year-old arrived on Trentside having won the Under-21 European Championships with Spain during the summer.
How has looked during the first two months?
In truth, Mir hasn’t really looked up to scratch during the brief cameo appearances that he has made.
As he is a different sort of striker to that of Lewis Grabban, Sabri Lamouchi’s primary style doesn’t really play to Mir’s strengths.
An injury has recently curtailed his progress, although he did get on the pitch for a few minutes against Brentford on Saturday.
He has registered two assists against Leeds in the league and Derby in the Carabao Cup but he has failed to hit the back of the net yet.
What does the future hold?
Unless Grabban was to pick up an injury, Mir looks very much like playing the deputy role all season.
The £6 million man is firmly established as Forest’s number one striker and he has five goals to his name so far this season.
On current form, it does seem somewhat odd that the Reds didn’t give Tyler Walker a run as the backup to Grabban instead.
Mir could be the sort of player that will gain some confidence if he can find that first goal.
The Spain under-21 international hasn’t really done anything just yet to make supporters think he can do a job for Forest this season.
His injury hasn’t helped matters but he’s rarely looked like scoring in the league during his four cameo appearances.
Signed very much as a back-up, Mir has lots of work to do in order to start showing Forest fans exactly what he is capable of.
In his defence, it will be tough for him to succeed in Lamouchi’s style of play and the target man will probably be restricted to substitute appearances at Forest. 4/10