Why Forest need to drop this Newcastle loanee for the remainder of the season

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman recalled Newcastle United loanee Karl Darlow to his starting line-up in his first game in charge.

Nottingham Forest should make Dorus De Vries their first-choice goalkeeper from now until the end of the season after the Dutchman committed his future to the club by signing a new contract on Monday.

The veteran stopper agreed to stay at the City Ground for another two years and he now needs to be made Dougie Freedman's number one.

De Vries enjoyed a run of games ahead of Karl Darlow towards the back end of Stuart Pearce's time in charge at the club, but he was consigned to a back-up role in Freedman's first outing.

Freedman reinstated Darlow against Brighton and Hove Albion, but he must ensure that De Vries is no longer overlooked until the end of the season.

Darlow will join Newcastle United in the summer and, as a result, there is no way the Reds can plan for the future with him between the sticks.

Instead, the Forest defence should be given time to adapt with De Vries behind them, as he surely will be next campaign.

With Forest working under a transfer embargo, their chances of bringing in a better 'keeper than De Vries to replace Darlow look slim and Freedman has clearly given the former Swansea City man an indication that he is in his plans by handing him a new deal.

Therefore, by playing Darlow they are negatively impacting on their own chances for next season and they will only be benefitting Newcastle by continuing to stick with their academy graduate.

Forest's season already appears to be petering out into mediocrity and Freedman must use the remainder of this campaign to ensure that his side is well placed for next term, which means that recalling De Vries is his only option.

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