As Nottingham Forest fought back against Middlesbrough from a goal down to secure another win under Dougie Freedman, there was a player on the bench who would have loved to have been involved in the game.
Jamie Paterson was an unused sub during the game and wasn’t the man Freedman turned to, to come off the bench and make an impact in the second half.
He didn’t get off the bench the game before against Charlton and was taken off after 45 minutes in the game against Reading.
He’s struggling and the best approach for Freedman could be to send him out on loan over the rest of the season to give him a chance to revitalise his form and give him the chance to save his Forest career under Freedman.
The boss showed with Robert Tesche that he’s not afraid to let a high profile, perfectly decent player leave the club in order to gain more football.
Paterson could benefit from a temporary move away from the club, which would allow him to restore his confidence and belief in his ability and get some much needed form under his belt.
He has bags of talent and plenty of potential but has struggled to show it consistently under the new manager.
Freedman keeping him at the squad, keeping him on the bench and the player not having a chance to show what he can do will lead to the doubt building up in the mind of the manager over the rest of the season.
If the player isn’t given a chance to break down that doubt, Freedman’s and Forest’s attention could be swayed if an offer is dangled in front of the club in the summer.
At the moment, he doesn’t seem like a realistic choice for Freedman but if he gets his head down and is provided with a chance, he could be a key player looking ahead to next season.