Freedman describes three main ways he'll look to revitalise Nottingham Forest squad

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained how he's looking to give his squad a face lift.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player he’s looking for three things as he aims to improve the squad ahead of next season.

Forest finished the last campaign in mid-table, way off the pace in terms of the top six but comfortable in terms of the bottom three.

He’s suggested that changing the squad doesn’t need to be achieved by simply bringing in new players, highlighting where he feels he can tweak things already in place.

“We need to be getting some younger players into the team, getting one or two players with more hunger and to get one or two already here to perform a bit better for the team,” said Freedman.

The point about youngsters is an interesting one because Freedman hinted at times last season that he was looking to bring more into the first team picture.

Ben Osborn was a key figure in midfield for most of the season, while the likes of Tyler Walker and Oliver Burke saw game time more sporadically.

He can use the younger players at the club to create that feeling of competition and hunger for places.

If no players feel safe over their positions in the squad, they are more likely to play on the edge and raise their performance levels to get an extended run of games.

If Freedman can’t sign the players he wants to target, he’s going to have to work extra hard to motivate the options he already has at his disposal.

However, there were some good signs when he initially came in at the City Ground and hopefully that initial form will repeat itself at the start of the next campaign.

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