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It is fair to say that Michael Hefele’s future at Nottingham Forest looks uncertain as the January transfer window looms.
The 30-year-old hasn’t featured for the Reds since New Year’s Day in 2019, having failed to feature under Martin O’Neill or Sabri Lamouchi.
With the likes of Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo all establishing themselves as key players under Chris Hughton, Hefele finds himself at the bottom of the pecking order on Trentside.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it remains to be seen whether the club look to cash in on the defender in January, or let him run his deal down and let him go for nothing in the summer.
Here, we discuss the future of Hefele at Forest…
“It certainly seems that Michael Hefele’s days at Nottingham Forest are numbered.
“After impressing for Huddersfield Town the hope was that he’d be able to really kick on at the City Ground.
“Unfortunately that hasn’t happened.
“With first team opportunities unlikely to present themselves it seems like it’s in his best interests to move on and reignite his career.
“Where he will go remains to be seen, but his departure looks likely to come sooner rather than later.”
“Yes I can in all honesty.
“He’s rarely played over the last few years at the City Ground and with Chris Hughton possessing plenty of quality and options in that area, you would like to think Hefele’s days are numbered as a Forest player.
“He’s into his thirties now and simply has to be playing regularly so, therefore, I can see him moving on as soon as possible in order to prolong his career for at least another five years.
“Things just haven’t worked out for the German at the club and for that reason I don’t believe he has a future with them past January if a good offer comes forward.”
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“Yes, I could certainly see him leaving the club in the upcoming transfer window.
“The central defender hasn’t featured for the Reds since the start of 2019 and with Hughton inheriting an inflated squad, you’d imagine we’ll see a few departures in January.
“There hasn’t seemed to be a huge amount of interest in Hefele in the past but with his contract expiring in the summer, you feel we could see Forest letting him leave for free which may make him more enticing for other clubs.
“The German’s time at the City Ground will certainly come to an end in 2021, you’d hope for all involved that it happens in January.”