The younger players at the club have increased in terms of importance, because of the transfer embargo Forest are under and the restrictions that creates.
On occasions, Freedman has had no choice but to utilise the club’s younger players, but he’s explained that he finds it exciting to discover what the future holds, when the youngsters in his team develop.
“I love every morning, seeing young Oliver Burke and Tyler Walker with a spring in their step getting better. It makes me excited to see what’s going to come up in front of us,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Benefits the younger players create
Other than the fact they have pace, good general fitness levels and plenty of energy, it’s significant that Freedman is blooding younger players early.
It gives them a chance to gel with their senior teammates and also allows them to play together for an extended period of time, which can improve relationship and understanding in key areas.
If the younger players can also inspire the manager with regards to his job then Forest should benefit from the boss having a spring in his step.
The real test for the younger players is how they react through difficult spells in the season.
At some point there will be a blip and the younger players may come in for a little bit of criticism and at those times it’s important that the manager and senior players step up to protect them.