Why Freedman may have pulled off a masterstroke with this loan deal

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has shown common sense in sending a youngster out on loan.

The BBC is among the sources to have confirmed that Nottingham Forest youngster Oliver Burke has joined League One club Bradford City on a short term loan deal.

The 17-year-old will be at Bradford for the next 28 days and Forest first team boss Dougie Freedman deserves a pat on the back for taking a gamble, which could turn out to be a masterstroke.

Forest have been in revitalised form since Freedman came in as manager and a win this evening against Bournemouth would make it four wins from his first five games in charge.

It would be three points that allow Forest to close to gap on the play-off places ahead of some important matches coming up.

The theory in loaning Burke out, when Freedman couldn’t have been blamed for keeping him in and around the first team, is obvious.

It’s a short spell, which allows him to stay fit and sharp and it will help him to enhance his first team experience in a competitive environment.

He should return to the club in good nick and if Forest are in with a shout of securing a late play-off place, Freedman may take a gamble and use him as an impact player off the bench in big games.

His pace, energy and movement are some of his best qualities and having him available as a sub to come on and attempt to make the difference in big games is a positive approach.

It’s a massive gamble for him to start regularly in the Nottingham Forest first team but there’s no reason he can’t become a super sub for the team in important games and increase his chances of playing regularly in the future.

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