Dougie Freedman’s hands are tied over the number of players he can bring into his squad, but he’s already offered fans a glimpse into the sort of football and style they can expect for as long as he’s at the club.
He showed with a deal for Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom last season that he’s a very persuasive coach and someone who is capable of convincing talented players that Forest is the best place for them to be playing their football.
We’ve attempted to name Freedman’s first choice team next season based on current players and rumours centred around potential signings in the transfer market.
De Vries, Kane, Wilson, Mills, Lichaj, Ward, Lansbury, Osborn, Reid, Antonio, Assombalonga
Matt Mills has been linked, yet to be confirmed, with a move to the club by the Nottingham Post.
He’d be a positive and experience addition to the defensive part of the squad and someone who has the obvious advantage of having previously worked with the manager when the pair were at Bolton.
Mills wouldn’t need a settling in period and he’d be able to get his teeth stuck into the club, with the aim of hitting the ground running.
Freedman should work hard to try and retain Todd Kane on loan from Chelsea and it's difficult to see why the Premier League champions would say no.
Jamie Ward is a potential midfield addition according to the Daily Mail regardless of his Derby County past.
He’d inject experience into the team and would also have a point to prove to his former employers, with extra motivation to show that their decision to release him was misguided.
Freedman can’t make massive changes. It’s a case of tweaking what he already has, making the most of the talented youngsters and being clever with the players he brings in.