The man Freedman should be on the phone with over coming weeks

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman should try and convince Tim Sherwood that Gary Gardner is best off with another season at the club.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman admitted to Forest Player that negotiations for Chuba Akpom were going to test him out in terms of the way he influenced key figures to get that deal done.

Akpom subsequently joined Forest on loan for the rest of the season and it showed that Freedman is capable of arguing that his club is the best place for any player to develop.

Freedman is going to face a number of challenges this summer looking ahead to next season and at some point he will more than likely have a phone conversation with Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, the subject; Gary Gardner.

Gardner has been superb for Forest while on loan from Aston Villa and Freedman would be naïve not to try and convince Sherwood that the 22-year-old would be better off with another season at the City Ground.

Gardner provides balance and authority to Forest’s midfield and if they don’t keep him they’ll have a massive hole to fill looking ahead to next season.

Freedman could play on a number of issues when he speaks with Sherwood, as he looks to keep one of the best players under him tied to his club.

Villa are not clear of danger in the Premier League, but they stand a good chance of staying up, which could work in Forest’s favour.

Premier League survival may convince Aston Villa’s manager of the necessity to invest in the summer transfer market to ensure that similar struggles don’t trouble his team over the course of next season.

If that makes Gardner more available then Forest won’t argue one little bit and Freedman can stress the progress he’s made this season and the consistency he’s shown as the main focus, as he looks to work out another loan deal.

It’s a long shot but he’d be foolish not to try.

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