Freedman comments on the big test he's facing this summer

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has described the challenge he faces in the transfer market this summer.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained on the club’s website the sort of players he’s looking for in the summer transfer window and the challenges he’s facing as a result.

Forest are restricted in terms of what they can do in the transfer market because of the embargo the club is under, but the Scot has explained that he’s up for the challenge ahead of him.

“The squad is imbalanced, it’s as simple as that. I need front and wide players and that’ll be getting addressed in the summer,” he said.

“We’re under Financial Fair Play rules. It’s going to be more difficult, we’ve got to work quicker and identify exactly what we want.”

“I’ve got to get in front of players and persuade them to come here for less wages than they would get somewhere else – It tests me.”

Freedman has already shown with the arrival of Chuba Akpom on loan from Arsenal that he can be persuasive in terms of selling the benefits of Forest as a club.

He’s a fair manager and will always give players a chance if they get their heads down and work hard, with the promise of playing time likely to be key with potential loan targets this summer.

Fortunately for the manager, the injuries which have accumulated since he came in have come at a time where the team has secured enough points to be comfortably safe in the division.

It’s encouraging that he’s already identified where he wants to make changes and he’ll also face a tough task in central midfield, with Gary Gardner likely to return to Aston Villa.

Freedman appears to be a manager who embraces the challenge rather than shying away from it and hopefully his team can give him some positive results to focus on ahead of a busy summer.

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