Gilligan: Why Forest have to be very careful developing youngsters

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Nottingham Forest's under-21 chief has urged caution over the club's youngsters.

Nottingham Forest’s under-21 boss Jimmy Gilligan has explained via Forest Player why he feels the club need to be careful with their younger players.

He has also suggested one of the most beneficial changes, which has been made by current first team boss Dougie Freedman in relation to the youngsters who are fighting for his attention in the youth ranks.

“I think we have to be very careful, there are players who will have careers in the game, but put them in too soon and it can kill their confidence,” said Gilligan.

“I believe there is a feeling in the group that they feel they have a chance and that’s because the manager gives them a chance.”

Youngsters in the under-21 ranks who haven’t had too much first team exposure will be more vulnerable to the criticism, which can be aimed at them if they break into the first team and underperform.

The negative comments can be so much greater because the pressure is increased and as one of the biggest clubs in the country, there is a certain level of expectation from supporters with any player representing Forest.

The belief that Freedman has created is also vital because it challenges the youngsters and gives them something to strive for.

It inspires them and guarantees a certain level of performance in the youth ranks, which will benefits the overall quality of the under-21 side.

The youngsters are going to become very important for Forest because with the transfer embargo hanging over the club, they are an obvious source of new players, with Freedman restricted in terms of who he can bring in via the transfer market.

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