Freedman could use some academy prospects over the remainder of the season, giving them a chance to impress, but he’s explained that he won’t throw youngsters into his team for the sake of doing so.
“What makes them ready for me is that they appreciate what it’s like to play in a first team and what is required,” said Freedman.
“I think many young players can fall down because the expectation is too high, possibly they’re not ready and they will lose confidence.”
There are opportunities available, as demonstrated by the recent game time which has been given to Tyler Walker.
However, the youngsters have to earn it and have to show enough consistency in any way they can to prove to the Scot they are ready to feature for the club.
It’s significant that Freedman is discussing the younger players at the club because of the transfer embargo which currently hangs over the manager’s head.
His hands are tied in terms of who he can bring in, which increases the importance of being able to develop plenty of home-grown talent that can feature in the first team setup.
It gives the manager more options in terms of his squad and also ensures that a core of players who represent the identity of the football club are always present in the team.
Forest have endured a difficult run of poor results of late and Freedman could well be actively looking to make changes over the next couple of weeks.