Freedman chose to start Tyler Walker in the club’s game against Rotherham last weekend, holding back the talented Olly Burke to feature later into the game.
Burke has a big impact during his time on the pitch, which may have left one or two fans wondering why he hadn’t started the game alongside Walker.
“I don’t want to be patronising to the fans or for it to sound that way, but I know exactly when to put them in. I see them every day in training,” he told Forest Player.
“Of course we want to see them put into a game, but I think it’s really crucial from a manager’s point of view to know when they play and when to put them in.”
Why does Freedman need to be careful over his younger players?
Freedman needs to be cautious over how he uses Forest’s youngsters because of the fact they are less developed physically and more vulnerable mentally.
Forest are under a lot of pressure because there is a very real expectation that the club can do well this season and get into a position where promotion into the Premier League is possible.
That creates an extra level of scrutiny and criticism, which can be very difficult for younger players to deal with.
Therefore, it’s only natural that the manager looks to go with more experienced options at certain times, but the club’s youngsters definitely have a big role to play this season.