From unwanted to invaluable: Forest star's remarkable resurgence under Freedman

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Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is getting a run of games in the first-team under Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has gone from being an expendable player to an invaluable one in the space of a few months.

Blackstock was nearly allowed to depart on loan in November 2014, according to BBC Sport, but the striker's refusal to leave the City Ground has worked out well for both the club and the player.

The target-man centre-forward had slipped a long way down the pecking order under Stuart Pearce, but he has the potential to be a central player with Dougie Freedman in charge.

The Forest boss has tightened things up since taking charge of the Reds and it means that having a powerful presence up-front could be key.

Forest need someone who is able to run in behind and hold the ball up to bring others into play, and Blackstock can perform this function well.

The striker may have been off form in recent seasons, and struggled with injuries, but he has been a threat at Championship level before and it seems that he will have the chance to impress under Freedman.

Blackstock has played in Forest's last four fixtures, having previously not been spotted since December, and it seems that he now has an important role to play until the end of the campaign.

It means that he has the chance to establish his position in the side and, with Britt Assombalonga ruled out for 12 months, it is a massive opportunity.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttDuel WonAerial WonPen Area EntriesAppearancesMins Played
Dexter Blackstock 1 10 4 31 20 5 9 337

Assombalonga had led the line for Forest this campaign, but his absence means they are looking for a new number nine and Blackstock must make it his aim to help compensate for the loss of the former Peterborough United man.

With the Reds under a transfer embargo it will be hard for them to sign anyone of the same quality as Assombalonga and, as a result, Blackstock could become invaluable to the side not just for this season but the next one too, if he can get back to his best.

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