Freedman explains key observation which could shape Forest transfer plans

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained something he's learnt about his squad.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman explained to Forest Player a key observation he’s made about the current squad.

The Scot has admitted he’s aware of players in his ranks who are not capable of playing several games in quick succession, which creates different questions heading into the summer.

“I’m always looking at things and learning – I’ve learned there are certain players who can’t do three games in a week, there are players who are going to struggle to do that next year as well,” said Freedman.

The first question is how Freedman can improve things with the players he already has at his disposal.

He will benefit from a first full pre-season with the club where he can focus on the core fitness of his players to ensure they cope with the fixture pile up next season more effectively.

Fitter players can play at a higher level for longer in key games and it should also reduce the possibility of small injuries developing.

The second question is how Freedman can improve things externally in the transfer market.

More bodies in key areas gives him fresher options, enabling him to rotate more frequently to keep the side effective and to allow those who will struggle to play three times in a week to have a rest.

However, he’ll have to work very hard to attract the right players with Forest unable to compete financially in terms of paying big fees in similar fashion to some other clubs.

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