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.