Freedman explains why he's using youngsters out of position in pre-season

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman isn't afraid to test his younger players ahead of the return of the Championship.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman explained to Forest Player why he’s used Tyler Walker, and other young players, out of position in pre-season so far.

Forest’s preparations for the new season are fully underway and the club must ensure they’re in a strong position by the time the first competitive game approaches the club in under one month.

Freedman appears to be trying new systems and ideas, suggesting that he’s testing out the versatility of his players because he can’t afford to throw wads of cash at bring in new signings.

“Tyler Walker was exceptional – I played him on the wing, I’m sure the fans know we’re under embargo at the moment so I’m trying to get younger players in different positions at the moment and I feel Tyler played that key role in the right way,” the Scot told Forest Player.

Is Freedman taking a risk with the youngsters?

There is an argument to suggest that the Scot is taking an unnecessary risk with his younger players because they won’t have the experience needed to play a variety of different positions.

However, that can be countered through the energy and enthusiasm of younger players, who will have a willingness to make an impression on the boss, even if that means playing in a position which is less familiar to them.

It comes down to trust in the boss, who will also be looking for commitment and a passion for any player to do what it takes in order to help Nottingham Forest.

Could Walker play wide next season?

He’s certainly got the characteristics to have an impact from a wide position such as his pace and his skill when driving at an opponent in position.

However, he may not get as much protection in a wide role, which will make him a target for the opposition and he could also arguably become easier for any team to isolate.

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