Top-six finish not impossible
Nottingham Forest are one of the biggest clubs in England, but they continue to play in the Championship.
Not many observers will back them for a top-six finish in the Championship this season, but fans should be optimistic.
As things stand, the Reds are 12th in the league table with 11 points from eight matches, just a point behind sixth-place Reading.
It’s still early days, but Forest have made a decent start to the season and have collected some valuable points.
The Championship is a hugely competitive league, but if Dougie Freedman’s side remain just behind the sixth-place team as the season progresses, then they could be in with a shout.
Freedman is a man with a plan, and he does seem to care about the long-term future of Forest.
The former Scotland international is showing that he can take Forest forward and help them succeed in the long run.
The former Forest striker has given chances to youngsters and also seems to have the support of club chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi.
Due to the transfer embargo, Forest could not spend as much money on transfers as they would have wanted to, but the Championship club still had a very good window.
Daniel Pinillos, who joined on a free transfer, has been superb, and so has Chris O’Grady and Ryan Mendes.
While forward O’Grady joined on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, winger Mendes signed from French club Lille, also on loan.
The departure of Michail Antonio may have been undesired, but Forest look more like a team now than a bunch of players relying on one gifted individual.
Youngsters coming through
Forest have some truly good youngsters coming through, and that is a huge positive for the club.
True, to finish in the top six one needs experience, but these young and talented players will be hungry to make their mark.
Tyler Walker is only 18 but he has already shown his talent and will play an important role for Forest as the season progresses.
Dimitar Evtimov, Jorge Grant, Ben Osborn and Oliver Burke are good and young players hungry for success.