There is no doubt that Jordan Rhodes has not been the player he was.
Last season’s return of five goals was a famine in comparison with the goal feasts he put on during his Blackburn days.
Despite signing him for £10 million at the start of the season, it seems eminently plausible that Sheffield Wednesday may look to cut their losses on him.
This would create the perfect opportunity for Nottingham Forest.
Since his move to Middlesbrough in February 2016, the Scottish striker has scored 14 goals in two and a half seasons. This struggle has been for two reasons.
First, he has been facing a struggle to play. Sheffield Wednesday have a glut of strikers. Rhodes has had to compete for a starting spot with Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper, and Steven Fletcher, as well as Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao.
This would not be an issue at Forest, where Kieran Dowell top scored with nine goals from midfield.
Secondly, he has been deprived of the sort of service that he came to expect at Blackburn. At Blackburn, the system was largely built around creating space for him in the box.
Nottingham Forest could rebuild such a system with the quality of supporting players that they possess. If they did so, he could fire them up the league.
Sheffield Wednesday will not want to make too much of a loss on Rhodes.
However, with so much depth up-front, it would definitely be possible to prise him away at a discounted rate.