The results haven’t gone according to plan, with the mini-tour ending with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Helsingor last night, but the Scot has explained that the week away has helped to teach him a lot about the players he’s currently got at his disposal.
“It’s highlighted people’s strengths, and it’s also highlighted people’s weaknesses. And that’s what it’s for,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“Pre-season has given me a chance to look at different people in different positions and to make sure they get their fitness levels up against decent opposition.”
“It’s been a really helpful week for myself in terms of learning who can do what.”
Intensity to increase
The intensity of Forest’s training and friendly matches will now increase as the start of the new Championship season draws ever closer.
Games at this time of year are always going to be about getting fitness levels up to a required state, rather than the results having a massive impact on the mentality and the morale of the team.
It’s created an opportunity for Freedman to look at his squad to see where he needs to work hard and spend extra time with players or targeting new ones.
There is plenty of time left for him to look at making some fresh changes and still time for younger and fringe players to train well, forcing the manager’s hand in terms of getting a chance to impress.
Hopefully the results can now pick up and the team can move into the new season with a spring in their step.