Nottingham Forest have confirmed that midfielder Harry Arter has returned to the club. The Republic of Ireland man spent the first half of 2021/22 on loan at Charlton Athletic and has made five appearances.
Following the arrival of Steve Cook, Forest confirmed this somewhat shocking news. Arter was well off the radar last season, with Chris Hughton banishing him from the first-team picture.
Now, his future remains up in the air after hamstring problems restricted his game time at The Valley. Johnnie Jackson is now in charge of the Addicks but the player expressed a desire to return to the City Ground.
What’s the story with Arter at Forest?
Sabri Lamouchi moved to sign the midfielder in 2020. On the face of things, he was a decent signing who would come in and add some experience to the Reds’ ranks.
After just two games, however, the Frenchman was sacked and in came Hughton. Arter never really impressed the former Forest boss sufficiently and found himself out of the reckoning.
Arter has made just 14 appearances for the Reds. Now, he’s back at the club and it will be interesting to see what the future holds.
Will Arter earn a fresh Forest chance?
Let’s hope not. Arter looked way off the pace during his time in the team during 2020/21 and he’s struggled to make an impact at a League One outfit.
Forest also have a plethora of central midfield options. Ryan Yates, Jack Colback, James Garner, Braian Ojeda, Cafu and Tyrese Fornah are all vying for a place in the engine room.
Playing Arter would send out the wrong message to the likes of Fornah and he’ll probably find himself training with the under-23s.
Will Forest be able to get rid of Arter?
That sounds unlikely. Long before Dane Murphy arrived at Forest with his sensible thinking, Ioannis Vrentzos was handing out mega contracts for fun.
Arter was one player to benefit from such generosity. He was given a contract worth £38,000-a-week and offloading him will prove a thankless task.
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In the summer he will have one year left on his deal. As a result, he may simply have to ride that out, with offers unlikely to be forthcoming matching his existing salary.