Freedman: How Chuba Akpom will fit in tactically and help Forest fire

The Nottingham Forest boss is full of praise for the Arsenal loanee.

Dougie Freedman believes Chuba Akpom will prove a 'fantastic' acquisition for Nottingham Forest after joining the Championship side on loan from Arsenal, according to the club's official website.

The 19-year-old recently joined Forest from the Gunners until the end of the season and there is an anticipation about the teenage forward's arrival at the City Ground.

Freedman has already praised Arsenal for their conduct in allowing Akpom to join Nottingham Forest when other sides may have been willing to pay more to secure the striker's services.

And the Forest boss also feels he will be of great benefit to the Championship club.

Indeed, Akpom's pace, strength and ability to threaten in behind will free up Nottingham Forest's midfielders to offer more with more space available to them, according to the manager.

“He’s a willing kid who threatens defences in behind, which is good for the team as it gives us space to operate in midfield. He’s got fantastic strength and pace," Freedman told Forest Player.

“He’s got a good goalscoring record in youth teams - I’ve watched him since he was 15 years of age. He’s here to work with the team, mature as a player and person, and hopefully get some goals."

Should the Arsenal loanee hit the ground running, it could well provide Nottingham Forest with the requisite boost to really chase the play-off places.

Freedman's men are 10 points off sixth, though, and know they will have to pick up as close to maximum points as possible from their remaining games. Next up for the City Ground outfit is a home clash with Wolves this Friday afternoon.

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