Nottingham Forest fans have taken to Twitter to call for Wednesday’s Man of the Match, Michael Hefele, to start for The Reds on Saturday.
Aitor Karanka’s men beat Premier League side Newcastle at The City Ground 3-1, with many players putting in their best performance of the season. But the German centre-back beat everyone to the Man of the Match award, and fans are going wild about him.
The 6ft 4 defender moved from Huddersfield this summer, and has struggled for game time thus far under Karanka. Hefele (valued at £1.35m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has been behind Tobias Figueiredo in the Forest pecking order so far this season, but fans now want the German to take the Portuguese’s place.
These sort of games are the perfect platform for fringe players to put their hand up for selection, and the strong and commanding performance by the centre-back will surely give Karanka something to think about when The Reds head to Brentford on Saturday.
This is what the fans had to say:
The man is already a legend at this club. Kept picking up the fans and players around him. His 100% effort and MENTAL attribute he has is massive to our season. The @htfc fans said he'd be an asset. @michaelhefele you sir are amazing!!! @NFFC FTID
Can see why the #htafc fans rated him and were sad to see him go. Earned a start on Saturday for me
— Dusty (@psnffc1985) August 29, 2018
— Andy Johnson (@AndyJohnson9511) August 29, 2018
Great strength and character- like to see play more often now. Great performance Michael
— Craig McLoughlin (@craigmcloughlin) August 29, 2018
Fantastic performance well deserved, needs to be starting Saturday. Well on the way to becoming a hero Trentside!
— Ben Ely (@BpEly45) August 29, 2018
Gonna be a firm fan favourite @michaelhefele great passion
— Darren Smith (@darrenws69) August 29, 2018
Played very well, looks a leader. Wanna see him in ahead of Fig from now on
— jason andrews (@jasonandrews930) August 30, 2018
And well deserved think he’s pushing for a start in the first 11
— HEAD HUNTER (@jackorr1978) August 30, 2018
Immense performance, throughly deserved! #NFFC
— Dave (@dj_zotov) August 30, 2018
Well deserved, what a warrior, just what we need!
— Henrik NFFC Johansen (@henjohansen1) August 29, 2018
— Cameron Clark (@Camclarky) August 29, 2018
Beast was quality tonight
— James Hall (@ukjim91) August 29, 2018