What Forest's deal for Akpom shows about manager Dougie Freedman

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has had a blinder pushing through a deal for Chuba Akpom.

The BBC is among the sources which confirmed the news yesterday that Nottingham Forest had signed talented Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom on loan until the end of the season.

Forest boss Dougie Freedman confirmed previously that the club was in the loan market for a forward, but was wary of the level of competition coming in from other teams.

Other sides probably threw more money at the deal and Freedman deserves a massive pat on the back for seeing the deal over the finish line.

What Akpom’s move to Forest shows is just how impressive Freedman is as a man manager and when he gets the chance to sit opposite a player and talk about his club.

Akpom, who has nine goals for Arsenal’s under-21 team this season, could have got a move to a side above Forest in the table.

There are teams competing for promotion, with more realistic chances of going up, who would have more than likely been in the race to get the Gunners youngster.

Just what Freedman said to convince Akpom that Forest is the best proposition over other sides is something that only the Scot can answer, but Forest do have plenty going for them.

Freedman has created a positive mentality and has developed core values at the club, which he demands from any player in his team.

He obviously sees something in Akpom, which conforms to that ideology and it’s now over to the player to get his head down and to do the business.

If Freedman can be as persuasive and influential in the transfer market this summer as he looks to improve the team, Forest are going to be in a great position regardless of the division they are in next season.

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