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Is Robert Tesche worthy of a new contract?

He's been farmed out on loan, he's suffered injury problems, he's 28 and money's tight. Lee Clarke wonders whether it would be clever or folly to offer him a new contract.

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Combative German midfielder Robert Tesche has spoken of his desire to stay at Nottingham Forest beyond the end of his current contract, which will expire in the summer.

The 28-year-old hasn’t featured for the Reds since breaking his foot against Brighton and Hove Albion in the first match of the season and give credit to the player, he has said he aims to get back into the team before he knocks on the chairman’s door.

Signed from Hamburg, where he became good pals with Forest midfielder Michael Mancienne, Tesche is one of the highest earners at the club and should he be unwilling to negotiate a new deal on lesser terms, it is highly likely the Reds will say Auf Wiedersehen to the midfielder.

The reports this morning got me thinking as to whether I would offer him a new deal were I in the shoes of whoever signs the contracts these days and the conclusion I came to, in a roundabout way, is yes…probably.

Here is my thought process on the situation:

Last season Tesche played 25 games and scored two goals after ex-Reds boss Stuart Pearce had plucked him as an unknown quantity from the Bundesliga and rarely did he disappoint when selected in the starting eleven, despite occasionally being asked to play out of position.

When Pearce departed to be replaced by Dougie Freedman, the Scot seemed unwilling to utilise the German and was found sat in the stands as the Reds went on a run of games, which saw them briefly flirt with the play-offs.

A loan move materialised and Birmingham City was the destination for the midfielder, another 12 appearances under his belt and another duo of goals.

Blues boss Gary Rowett was incredibly keen to keep the player in the summer but with Forest short on numbers in the middle of the park, Freedman handed Tesche a lifeline and politely declined Rowett’s offer.

Now one thing I will say about Tesche is that he needs to play in the position in which he is best. Arguably, this is in the hole behind the midfield pairing, protecting the back four.

Pearce, rather bizarrely chose to play Tesche further forward on occasions, almost as though to say, ‘you can strike a ball really hard, so let’s try to get you attacking more often.’

It was a crazy thought process really, almost like when a bunch of kids play together in a game of playground football. You have the overweight kid in goal, the lanky bugger at the back and the lad who can kick it hardest higher up the pitch so he is finely poised to belt the leather from the ball should it land in his path.

All of which points to the notion of Tesche being an asset to Forest when he is loved by a manager and played in his most effective position and not seen as a versatile performer such as a Greg Halford or a James Perch of previous seasons.

One hurdle he will have to overcome in the short-term is to oust David Vaughan out of his position. With the Welshman in scintillating form, you can’t help but feel that Tesche will need to pray for an injury in order to win back his place in the side.

At 28-years-old, Tesche may find himself in a position next season where he is one of the more senior members of the squad and that would be one of the big pros of offering him a new contract, to allow him to nurture some of the younger lads coming through and pass on pieces of advice Indeed, he seems like the model professional that rocks up to work every day and trains as hard as though he would if it was 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon.

Nottingham Forest Football Club, in its current predicament, needs a team full of players like that and I am sure I speak for many other supporters when I say that keeping Robert Tesche at the City Ground beyond this year would be a very welcoming move.