Nottingham Forest look set for a big summer and for Michael Hefele, it looks like he’s finally come to the end of the road.
The Athletic are claiming that he will be one of seven players set to be released by the club at the end of their current deals.
The 30-year-old defender was signed by Aitor Karanka in 2018 for £300,000 from Huddersfield Town to bolster the defensive ranks.
After failing to play for two seasons, it looks as though the Forest centre-back is finally set to be released by the club.
Hefele’s contract is up in the summer and after 18 appearances in three years, he will leave as one of the most bizarre signings in recent history.
In truth, the German only played so many times during the 2018/19 campaign due to an injury crisis.
He found himself playing at centre-back alongside Danny Fox after Tobias Figueiredo had picked up an injury problem. Michael Dawson was also injured.
Later in the season, he would suffer an awful injury. In the early stages of a 4-2 win over Leeds, he ruptured his Achilles tendon ruling him out for the season.
He’s never really recovered and although he made the bench in the FA Cup game against Chelsea last season, football hasn’t been forthcoming.
What has gone wrong for Hefele?
His injury certainly hasn’t helped but the defender has always seemed a pretty strange addition.
He helped Huddersfield into the Premier League but it always looked as though his best days were behind him following his arrival at Forest.
Forest had far better players in their squad when he arrived and Hefele has proved another bizarre addition in recent times.
The Reds should use the defender as an example of how the club’s recruitment needs to change.
Signing short-term fixes rarely works and Forest must adopt some form of long-term strategy in the market.
Nothing against the defender. He’s always given his best at the club and he certainly didn’t pick to sign a three-year contract and then get injured for the majority of it.
Getting Hefele off the wage bill though is no bad thing and Forest must start to learn lessons from such debacles.