I’ve said before that those in charge of recruitment at Nottingham Forest seem to have ‘a type’, and that type is usually central midfielders.
And whilst the club seems to be stacked with them at the moment, it seems as if they aren’t going to stop bringing them in until they manage to find the right one. Let’s just hope that this one will finally be the answer that they’re looking for.
According to a report from Football Insider, Nottingham Forest have joined Leeds United in their pursuit of Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman. The 27-year-old has been a bit of a fringe player so far this season, only starting three league games having signed for the Blades in the summer for £5m.
As previously stated, even though Sabri Lamouchi likes to rotate his squad, rarely naming an unchanged side this season, to bring in yet another central midfielder into the fray, barring a mass exodus of players in that position, he just won’t be able to keep everyone happy sharing out the minutes.
There is perhaps one silver lining in all this, if you take a look at where Freeman has played throughout his career, you can see that although he is predominantly an attacking midfielder, he has also played out wide a number of times, and that is an area that Forest have been short of this season, which is why the likes of Joao Carvalho has been forced to play there this season.
There is also the somewhat less likely possibility that he offers some support to Lewis Grabban upfront, although given that he’s only played there 11 times in his career as opposed to 145 in midfield, it would be a very long shot for that to happen.
Do Nottingham Forest need another central midfielder?
So if he is indeed going to come to the City Ground, it seems like he’s going to have to fulfill a sort of James Milner role when he does, just helping out in any position that needs to be filled on a certain day.