Blackburn boss praises Freedman's transfer activity; singles out two Forest threats

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has earned praise from Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer.

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has told the club's official website that he is wary of the threat Modou Barrow and Chuba Akpom could pose to his side when they take on Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Forest brought in Barrow and Akpom on loan from Swansea City and Arsenal respectively last month, and Bowyer believes that they are both dangerous outlets at Championship level.

He says that the pace they have added to Forest's attack makes them threatening figures and wants his Blackburn side to be aware of their talent before Saturday’s encounter at Ewood Park.

"It will be a tough game, they've got some firepower up top," he said. "He's brought a lot of pace in recently with the loan signings Akpom and Barrow, so we are going to have to be ready for that and match that physically.

"It just shows you the size of the challenge of this league that we are talking about two clubs like ours that are 9th and 10th at the moment and some real big clubs underneath us still."

Despite Bowyer's praise, Barrow and Akpom have actually made fairly slow starts to life at the City Ground.

Barrow has played just three times for Forest since arriving, while Akpom is still waiting to hit the back of the net.

It means that they still have a point to prove with the Reds and will be hoping to have the chance to do that on Saturday.

Forest have been in poor form of late, but with Blackburn also destined to finish in a mid-table spot, the match could come down to which side shows more desire on the day.

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