Alexander Milosevic says he feels more at home with Martin O’Neill’s latest tactics at Nottingham Forest and believes the players will improve once they grow more accustomed to it. The Reds manager recently reverted to a three-man backline which Milosevic says he thoroughly enjoys.
The 27-year-old joined on a free transfer during the January transfer window and has made 11 Championship appearances this season. Most recently, Milosevic has played alongside Jack Robinson and Molla Wague in a 3-4-2-1 formation and hopes to continue it into next season.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I do enjoy it. I played that way last season with my former club. I played on the right side there, where Molla (Wague) plays now. But I enjoy playing in the middle, because you get a lot of more of the ball and you can dictate your tempo with the passing. You get more possession.
“I think we can go forward with this formation. I think as we learn and we train more with it, we will get even better. We want to improve all the time and to get better; I believe we can do that with this formation. I enjoy it; I enjoy being on the ball and trying to get us moving forward.”
Milosevic has racked up 910 minutes of Championship football, scoring once, conceding 12 goals, keeping five clean sheets, making 65 clearances, blocking six shots, winning 24 aerial duels (49%), averaging 27 passes-per-game with 70% accuracy and averaging a tackle (7) or interception (14) every 43 minutes.
The Swedish international, who has played for the likes of Vasalund, AIK, Besiktas, Hannover 96, SV Darmstadt 98 and C. Rizespor, will have stiff competition for places next season – Michael Dawson, Yohan Benalouane, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Hefele, Robinson and Joe Worrall. He’ll be hoping to see the season out with a win and clean sheet over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.