The Scot has made it clear to the player, on loan from Leicester, that he’s going to have to work very hard to force his way into the club’s first team ranks.
The comments suggest that Freedman will be looking to start with the experienced Dorus de Vries in goal for the club’s opening match of the new Championship season against Brighton.
“The boss has made it clear it’s not going to be plain sailing for me to get into his side because obviously we’ve got Dorus here. He’s a very, very good goalkeeper and person,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“The manager said I have to work hard and prove my worth. Hopefully I can do that in training and if I can get in the team, perfect, that’s why I wanted to come here.”
“I’ve got a challenge on my hands. We both want to play so it’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks ahead.”
A clever tactic by Freedman
Freedman appears to have played a very clever psychological game, which creates a benefit for Nottingham Forest in terms of their goalkeepers.
He’s not trying to get the ‘keepers competing against each other, he’s trying to get them to challenge each other for their positions in the first team.
The intent is that the intensity of training and their approach to playing in any game for the club will go through the roof and as a result, they will both become better players who give Forest a greater chance of holding out during spells of difficult pressure for the team.
It’s difficult to see a downside.