The Scot is under a bit of pressure to improve the club’s fortunes after a disappointing campaign last time round, which saw the team slip off the pace in terms of being genuine candidates for promotion.
One key area Freedman needs to get right ahead of the new campaign is who becomes his primary striker, with Britt Assombalonga sidelined, and there are several reasons to suggest that Freedman should hand that title to talented youngster Tyler Walker.
Freedman recently revealed that he’s been impressed by the nature of Walker’s performances in pre-season as he looks to build on the progress of the last 12 months with justification for his new contract.
Walker represents an extremely hungry young man, who is willing to buy into the philosophy that Freedman is trying to create and the ideals he wants to see evident in all of his players.
Most importantly, he’s willing to learn, which is vital for a player who is so young and looking to establish himself at one of the biggest clubs in the country.
Walker has an ability to adapt to different situations, whether he’s playing through the middle of an attack on his own, with a strike partner or off to the side in a wider role, based on someone else playing centrally.
The point is that he can adapt and work out on his own how he can find a way to be effective in a variety of games, in order to make the difference for Nottingham Forest.
He’s also got the valuable commodity of pace, which frightens the life out of any opposition defence.
Freedman could urge him to play on the shoulder of the opposition’s defence, pushing them back and creating space for more creative players to get forward from deep midfield positions.
Unfortunately for Forest, they’re not in a position where they can throw big money at a new striker, but fortunately for Walker, that means a real opportunity.