Dougie Freedman has explained to Forest Player what his message is for the club’s fans, who may be keen for more new faces at the club.
With just over two weeks to go until the start of the season, Freedman is hard at work on ways he can improve his squad options to give the team a better chance of a good start and maintaining consistency over the course of the campaign.
However, he’s urged supporters to be patient because he will not make signings at the club for the sake of doing so.
“Unfortunately there are a few things I’ve learned I’m not happy about and I’ve got to make decisions but that’s what I do for a living,” he told Forest Player.
“There are a few spots that I feel we still need to strengthen – My message to the fans is that I will not panic and go and sign players just because they’re on the market. We’ve got to be patient and get the right sort of players.”
Why is Freedman being cautious?
He’s right to be careful over new signings coming in because the financial restrictions, which hang over the club mean he can’t take many risks.
He can’t throw money at gambles or instincts he has and therefore, he needs to take a more measured and careful approach to signing new players to ensure they fit in with those restrictions and the ideology he’s trying to create.
Where can Forest still strengthen?
There are likely to be a few players that Freedman is looking at in different positions.
One slot he may want a fresh face is through the middle of the team, which would prevent a need for the boss to use players out of position such as the way he’s been using winger Jamie Paterson as a central midfield man.