Freedman's perfect response to how he sets up his teams

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained why talent won't always get players into his team.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman explained to Forest Player the criteria he uses when selecting his team.

Freedman explained that a player can have all the talent in the world, but if he doesn’t adhere to the values the Scot has tried to create the club then they won’t play.

“There’s no black and white here, they will not play (If they don’t show commitment),” said Freedman.

“Talent will come second, I want to see players who are committed to the team, I want to see players who give their all.”

The comments are a perfect response to how Freedman selects his team because they ensure that core qualities, which are important at any club are maintained.

Team spirit is important over the final stretch of the season in the matches where the pressure and emotion is high and sides are battling away to protect a lead or secure a vital point.

The comments will also help to keep the Nottingham Forrest squad motivated, offering hope to the fringe players who currently find themselves out of the team.

If they work hard enough to have an impact in first team training, they will eventually find a way into the side and then it’s a case of those players stepping up to take a chance.

Freedman is in a good position because he’s always played down the side’s play-off chances and with no threat of going down, he can afford to make big calls and change the team if he doesn’t like what he sees from individuals.

He has a couple of months left to find out more about various players before an important summer.

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