Will this be Nottingham Forest's front six for next season?

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman could find himself under pressure to improve some key areas over the summer.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman deserves a pat on the back for the progress and job he’s done at the club since he replaced Stuart Pearce.

His main job was to prevent the team’s slide down the table and the fact the club have a slim chance of getting into the top six is a tribute to how well the side has been playing.

Freedman will already have one eye on next season, with the boss looking at where he needs to bring new players in and how he can ensure the club have a solid attacking pack.

Central midfield

Freedman has good, reliable and consistent players in the middle of his team in Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn.

They will ensure that the middle of the team has a strong spine and they also suggest that the momentum of this season can be carried forward.

The problem for Freedman comes in relation to Gary Gardner, who is only on loan at the club. He’s been playing well and may get a chance at Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood, which means Freedman will have to look for someone to come in and fill the void.

The flanks

Michail Antonio will play down one side of the team as a no-brainer.

The issue comes on the other wing. Modou Barrow is only on loan until the end of the season, with serious question marks over whether Jamie Paterson still has a future at the club.

Freedman will have to target a new player if a permanent deal for Barrow isn’t possible and if he doesn’t feel Paterson has a future at the club.

Up front

Britt Assombalonga will more than likely keep his place up front when he returns to full fitness, with Dexter Blackstock also an option if the boss wants to play with a two man attack.

The boss could also draft in another option to provide cover up front, but in terms of starting players Freedman already has options.

Prediction: Lansbury, a new central midfielder, Osborn, Antonio, a new winger, Assombalonga

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