Forest haven’t enjoyed the best run of results in pre-season, but Freedman appears more concerned with the qualities that his team can develop for when the matches increase in terms of significance and intensity.
“I will always make sure that these players are organised and that they are full of desire – Sometimes I just have to expect what I get (pre-season fatigue) – I think these players have to develop a resilience streak within them and that’s what I’m trying to build here,” Freedman told Forest Player.
Resilience a vital quality
There are going to be games next season where Nottingham Forest take a great deal of pressure against sides that like to probe away looking for a weakness in their opposition.
Resilient qualities in all areas of the squad are going to be very important in those situations because a never say die attitude could help the team achieve that extra point, which adds up by the end of the campaign.
There are also likely to be some testing periods over the course of the season where the side is suffering from adversity such as extensive injuries or unforeseen issues which could be difficult to deal with.
A stronger team spirit will be created if each of Forest’s players see their close teammates doing that little bit extra for the cause.
It will pull the players together and make them more determined to oversee that next challenge and in turn, the relationship with the club’s players should improve if they see that sort of mentality and attitude in the team.