The Forest star who has made a remarkable improvement since Pearce's sacking

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Chris Burke has improved hugely under Dougie Freedman's guidance at Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest winger Chris Burke has improved markedly under Dougie Freedman.

Freedman has only been in charge for two games since taking over from Stuart Pearce, but he appears to have the correct formula for getting the best out of Burke.

The Scotland international was brought in by Forest over the summer, but he failed to live up to expectations under Pearce's regime.

Often on the periphery of games, he wasn't as much of a threat as he has proven to be in the Championship previously in his career.

However, under Freedman, Burke has been a player transformed. In his last two games he has claimed a goal and two assists (matching his total for the entire season beforehand) and he is clearly more a threat.

Freedman has evidently seen Burke as a player who can be one of Forest's main attacking weapons and he is encouraging the side to get the ball to the winger more frequently.

  MatchGoalsAssistsChances created per gameDribbles per gameCrosses per gameTouches per gameAppearancesMins Played
Chris Burke With Freedman 1 2 3 1.5 9 42 2 166
Chris Burke With Pearce 1 2 0.73 0.91 3.30 34.91 23 1706

Burke has repaid his manager's faith already. The 31-year-old is putting in nine crosses per game - nearly three times as many as he was averaging under Pearce - while he is also creating three chances for his teammates every time he takes to the field.

It shows just how much of a threat Burke can be when he is at his most dangerous and it seems Pearce's departure may have helped him get back to his very best. 

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