Nottingham Forest’s under-21 side wrapped up the Professional Development League Two North title, confirmed on the club’s website, when Huddersfield fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Leeds United earlier this week.
The triumph for the club’s youngsters is evidence of an exciting future that the club’s fans can look forward to under Dougie Freedman, who hasn’t ruled out the possibility of drafting more younger players into his first team this season and looking ahead to next year.
Freedman is a manager with the mentality of if they’re good enough and passionate enough, they are old enough to play for Nottingham Forest and to make a difference regardless of the pressure, which comes hand in hand with Championship football.
The under-21 league Forest have just won has some very good teams competing in it such as Leeds and both Sheffield clubs with Forest’s team proving to be the most consistent over a very long period of time.
It shows the club is doing plenty right in terms of developing younger players and it creates two main benefits for Freedman moving forward.
It takes some of the pressure away in terms of the transfer market, with Forest’s hands tied by the embargo, which currently exists over the side and gives Freedman a sustainable supply line of players who will not lose the identity of the football club.
With the pressure off of Forest in terms of safety and the top six and the pressure off the youngsters, who have just wrapped up their league title, the Scot could now take more risks and expose some younger players to his first team in the club’s last two games this season.
It’s a decision, which could do more good than harm and will put a spring in the step of some younger players, who will be looking to follow a player like Ben Osborn, who has become one of the club’s most important players.