Ray Parlour: What Nottingham Forest have shown under Dougie Freedman

Former Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour has tipped Nottingham Forest to be a 'force' next season.

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he feels Nottingham Forest have shown under Dougie Freedman.

Forest are on a difficult run of form, but Parlour feels the side have shown enough potential to leave fans confident of success at the club next season.

“Forest have certainly picked up, they’re going to miss out on the play-offs this year, but I think they have shown signs that they are really going to be a stong force next season,” said Parlour.

One of the main changes that Freedman has made, which will bode well for the next campaign is demanding compete commitment from all of his players.

That ensures that the performances are passionate and full of effort, which should help the team to eradicate differences between themselves and stronger opposition sides in the majority of games.

It also makes the team popular with fans, solidifying an already impressive support base and ensuring that the club is well backed at home, but also on the road when they visit some difficult stadiums.

Freedman has also shown signs that he works well with younger players, as he’s helped Ben Osborn prolong his good form as well as nursing Tyler Walker into the first team.

He also showed with the loan deal for Chuba Akpom that he’s capable of selling the benefits of Forest as a club, which is important for deals this summer where he will have to convince players to accept lower paid moves to the City Ground.

There’s plenty to be positive about and if Freedman brings in the right players over the summer, the club should definitely benefit and be a strong candidate for promotion over the 2015/2016 season.

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