Stats: Nottingham Forest's Vaughan vs Tesche

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Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan has not been given much of a chance this season.

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Nottingham Forest's record of two wins in 20 games has left questions being asked of nearly every member of their first-team squad.

After making a blistering start to the campaign, the Reds have dropped out of promotion contention and their current slide down the table is showing no signs of stopping.

Manager Stuart Pearce is now under severe pressure and his side desperately need to start picking up results and turning their form around if he is to keep his job. 

Pearce's team selections have come under scrutiny ever since he took charge at the City Ground and there are few issues more divisive than who he selects in central midfield at the moment.

Forest have one of the biggest squads in the Championship, meaning Pearce has a number of options available to him, but his persistent overlooking of David Vaughan has frustrated many sections of the club's support.

The Midlands outfit have lacked creativity since Andy Reid picked up an injury in September and many felt that Vaughan could be the man to offer them that.

The 31-year-old did start in Forest's last game - a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday - but he has only made seven appearances to date this campaign with other players being selected ahead of him.

Vaughan has experienced promotion before and his ability in possession is unquestionable, however, Pearce has favoured Robert Tesche throughout his time in charge so far.

Tesche was brought to the City Ground this summer and, despite showing moments of quality, he has failed to win over the fan-base. 

When looking at the stats it is easy to see why Vaughan's persistent exclusion has been such a divisive issue. 

  Passes per gamePassing AccuracyKey passes per gameTouches per gameInterceptions per gameTackles per gameAppearancesMins Played
Robert Tesche 43.5 80% 0.7 58.1 1.6 2.3 19 1414
David Vaughan 41.7 85.2% 1.1 53.1 1.7 1.2 7 498

Although Tesche clearly offers more in a defensive sense - making nearly a tackle more than Vaughan per game - the former Blackpool man's technical ability would have been an asset to the side during their current slump.

Vaughan, when on the pitch, is more accurate with his passing - finding a teammate 85% of the time - while he is also more probing with his distribution, which is something that Forest have desperately been lacking.

Forest have one of the most threatening forward lines in the Championship - with Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio both hugely talented players - and Pearce should think about adding Vaughan to his midfield ranks to provide them with the service they are so desperately craving. 

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