In both cases, there is evidence to suggest that Forest could cope without either, which suggests they would be nothing more than squad options and cover for Freedman.
In terms of crossing stats for this season, Forest rank in the top five.
They don’t seem to have a problem in terms of players down either channel getting into positions where they can feed the ball into the box for midfielders and strikers to attack.
As for the potential loan arrival of Rhodes or any other striker, Freedman already appears to have had a positive impact on the side’s attack.
Forest have scored 21 goals in eight games since Freedman took over, which suggests that the attack of the side is functioning well.
The unfortunate injury to Britt Assombalonga has stretched the squad thin, but Forest have adapted and have found a way to cope.
The big changes will come in the summer because there’s little sense in Freedman shaking things up in key areas of his team and unsettling established players, especially when there is very little to play for over the rest of the campaign.
The summer presents an opportunity for the boss to go back to the drawing board, look at his squad and the areas he needs to improve and then go again hard looking forward to next season.