Why Forest's transfer embargo could work out to their advantage

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Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo will mean that they have to stick with the bulk of their current squad for next season.

Nottingham Forest have a way of turning their transfer embargo into an advantage next season, as it will create a feeling of stability around the club.

The Reds are limited with what they can do in the transfer window over the summer and it means any additions they do make will either have to be free transfer or loans.

Usually, this would be considered a major problem, but for Forest it could actually work in their favour.

The Reds have the core of an excellent squad and they already have more talent at their disposal than most Championship clubs.

Forest's current ninth-placed standing in the second-tier doesn't reflect the quality which they have in their squad and Dougie Freedman is proving that they have under-performed for much of the season so far.

Forest struggled under the guidance of Stuart Pearce, but they have been a team transformed since Freedman took charge, winning six of the Scot's first eight games in charge. 

If Freedman had been appointed earlier on in the campaign Forest may well have made the play-offs, but supporters will be confident about their promotion chances next season.

Freedman has shown that this side is good enough to compete with some of the leading teams in the Championship and the squad will feel assured of their positions.

Forest simply cannot do too much business over the summer and that takes away the temptation of an overhaul for Freedman.

The former Bolton Wanderers boss has inherited a squad which has hasn't assembled, but he is already getting the best out of it and it could have been a bigger risk to bring in a lot of new faces, rather than just to stick with it. 

It means that Forest's need for incoming additions has been reduced and the fact that the transfer embargo enforces some much needed stability at the City Ground could actually work out to be a benefit, rather than a punishment. 

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