Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson is facing a bleak situation at the club under Dougie Freedman.
With chances few and far between under the Scot, the midfielder could be wondering when and how his next opportunity to play is going to come from.
Until he gets game time all he can do is keep his head down and work hard in training, but there is a player and an example he could learn from in the form of Danny Collins.
Collins struggled to grab the attention of former Forest boss Stuart Pearce, but has excelled when given a chance under Freedman.
He does play in a different position, but the way he’s approached the chances he’s been given by the new manager is something that Paterson should think about studying.
He’s under pressure at the club not just for his playing position, but also for his future. If he can’t find a way to improve his standing under Freedman, he could find himself staring at an exit from the club this summer.
Collins has shown the perfect behaviour and attitude to take into each game and Paterson needs to do the same, regardless of whether that’s at Forest or if he gets a loan move away from the club for the rest of the season.
Paterson has the talent and the Championship experience to become a vital player for Forest but so far he’s not shown the boss enough to warrant further game time.
He may only get 20 minutes at the end of a game if he doesn’t leave on loan, but he has to show something, as well as working hard in training to make Freedman show him the same faith and opportunity for revival that he gave to Collins.