Freedman explains main idea behind building his Forest squad

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained the main idea behind his summer business.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that his main theme behind building his squad from this season is balance.

The Scot takes his team into the first game of their Championship campaign against Brighton this evening and he feels he’s got a number of positives in the squad, which improve the balance of the side for the next year.

“I think we’re very balanced. We’ve got four good centre halves, Jamie Ward has come in and I can play him wide and young Danny (Pinillos) can give us some cover at left-back and left midfield as well so I’m trying to balance the squad with the right sort of players who want to be here,” he told Forest Player.

Versatility is a key quality for Nottingham Forest

The versatility and options that Freedman hints at above will definitely benefit the side moving forward.

Unfortunately, Freedman is at a club still suffering the consequences in terms of a transfer embargo and financial restrictions, which means he’s not been able to create as big a squad as he may have been hoping for.

That creates pressure for players already among the Forest ranks to be versatile and to give the manager extra options.

Forest are a club that should be competing in the top half of the table for at least a play-off place, but for any realistic chance of promotion to develop, there has to be a real sense of togetherness with the team moving forward.

It’s not an ideal situation for the club but it’s an exciting time and hopefully the new campaign can start with a bang with a big performance this evening.

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