The Scot has confirmed that he’s been experimenting with Paterson to try and find a position for him in the first team, which offers him a chance to reinvent himself and be an important player for the club over the next year.
“With Jamie Paterson, I’m just trying to see what sort of roles he can do for the football club. He’s played certain positions out wide, which I don’t really see him playing under myself,” Freedman told Forest Player.
“I do like wingers in my team and I’m trying to find a position for him – I’ve had a good look at him in central midfield; is he willing to do the tracking back? Is he willing to sit with the ball in deep?”
Is Paterson good enough to play a central role?
He’s certainly got the tough and the skill on the ball needed to play from a central position, but his challenge is showing that consistently.
Forest have some very good options centrally with the likes of youngster Ben Osborn and Rob Tesche, likely to be two players that Freedman relies on a great deal over the first few matches of the season.
Paterson can improve his position in the central midfield pecking order by getting into great shape over pre-season and by cashing in on the opportunities he’s given by the manager.
What might happen with his future?
If he can’t impress Freedman to the extent that he’s going to feature regularly, then it is possible that he could leave the club on loan.
It’s difficult for Forest to consider selling him because they wouldn’t be able to reinvest the compensation due to the transfer embargo hanging over the head of the club.