Dougie Freedman comments on the development of Roger Riera

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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has suggested Roger Riera could play at full-back this season.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that he’s tempted to consider using youngster Roger Riera at right-back for the coming season.

The Scot has praised the way that the youngster has developed in terms of his character in the dressing room, confirming that he’s using the player in a slightly different role to what he’s been used to in pre-season.

Freedman doesn’t benefit from being able to freely bring players in via the transfer market, which means he is going to need to use different players in a variety of positions over the coming weeks and months to create extra options for his team.

“I’ve been really impressed with young Roger. He’s really developed into a strong character in the dressing room and a real strong character on the pitch – I’ve played him at right-back to see if he can do that – We are lacking in some positions and full-back is one of them,” he told Forest Player.

A measure of Riera’s character

Riera deserves credit because he’s showing responsibility and maturity beyond his 20-years.

It can be very easy for younger players to hide from exposure and extra responsibility at a very high profile club, but he’s put his hand up to offer something a bit different which makes the life of his manager easier.

There is a risk involved if Freedman wants to use Riera regularly at right-back because it’s arguably not his best position and a role in the team, which is different to his normal duties as a centre back.

However, when it comes down to the basics, he’s a very good defender; he’s got pace, he’s got good strength and he reads the game well.

Centre-back or right-back, he has a great chance of doing well.

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