Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained on the club’s website that the team he looks to use over the club’s next two games, will be more of the settled side he plans to start the season with.
Forest open up in the next Championship campaign with a match against Brighton and Freedman has hinted that the time for experimentation is effectively over, with that important league game now just over two weeks away.
“Working towards the next two games, it'll be more of a settled side. I've learned enough,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“We've got two games coming up against Premier League opposition where hopefully our players’ mindset will be one of showing we want to be in the Premier League.”
It’s common sense for Freedman to try and give the team he wants to take into the league, a chance to get together and build some momentum in a lower profile game.
He may have one or two tactical issues that he’s still mulling over and he’s got a great chance to test out some ideas in the matches against Swansea City and Aston Villa.
New role for defensive youngster
One theme that Freedman has persisted with over the last few weeks is using young defender Roger Riera on the right hand side of defence.
He’s been playing a full-back role, which contradicts the progress he made as a central defender last season.
It will be interesting to see if Riera retains his place against the Swans, which would suggest that Freedman is planning on keeping him there next to the more experience options of Kelvin Wilson and Matt Mills in the middle.