Mancienne is a player who represents great versatility for manager Dougie Freedman and someone who has the potential to be effective in different roles, depending on the opposition.
He’s admitted that playing as a centre half is where he received his football education, but doesn’t feel it’s a problem for him to be able to adapt to a position protecting the back four as a holding midfield man.
“I’m just happy to be playing, no matter where the manager puts me. It’s a big advantage for me to be versatile - I know I can play in more than one position and I think that helps the team out a lot,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“I grew up as a centre half but I really do enjoy playing holding midfield as well.”
The mistake Freedman needs to try and avoid
Freedman has to try and avoid changing Mancienne’s position for the sake of doing so because it has knock on effects for other areas and other players.
It’s always going to be difficult for a back four to adjust when the personnel in that area changes on a frequent basis.
The same can be said for the midfield, when Mancienne steps into that holding role.
Freedman needs to try and find a settled position where he can be used and stay effective throughout the season, only changing if there’s a problem in terms of injury or suspension.