How would you sum up Nottingham Forest defender Alexander Milosevic in one word?

Tough.

Strong.

Imposing.

Swedish?

All good, and all fit the mould.

He is, though, much more than those things.

And the 27-year-old is determined to prove as much.

As a title winner in his homeland with AIK and a man with seven senior international caps to his name, Milosevic is a more complete package than many give him credit for.

Yes, there is a no-nonsense side to his game.

Embraced

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And that has been embraced by a new fan base at the City Ground who have quickly taken him to their hearts.

That is only the tip of the iceberg, though, when it comes to a man capable of combining graft and guile.

Miloesevic has said in the Nottingham Post: “I think that toughness; that no-nonsense approach is important in this division.

“But I do not want to be known as the player who is just tough and kicks the ball away.

“I want to be more than tough, I want to play more football than I have been doing.

“I have to adapt to do that. The second part of my style will be to pass the ball more. The first part is to be a strong defender.”

Milosevic has taken in eight appearances for Forest to date, collecting three clean sheets.

A promising partnership has been struck up with fellow January signing Yohan Benalouane, but both are eager to point out that there is more to come from them as individuals and as a collective.

“I don’t think the fans have seen properly what I am like as a player, just yet,” Milosevic added in the Post.

Improve

 

“I want to get forward with the ball, I want to pass the ball more. I’ve been a little bit too much kicking it away and being cautious.

“The important thing is that you keep a clean sheet. But, more than that, I also want to show that I can be good on the ball. I want to improve as a player.”

Forest could do with somebody stepping up in the ball-playing mode.

Michael Dawson ticks those boxes, but has been stuck on the treatment table since December.

He is also 35 years of age.

The Reds boast an abundance of riches at centre-half and need something different from all of them.

An ability to keep opponents out is talent that they must all share, but unique skill sets will be embraced.

Milosevic can be the man to cover all bases.

Head it, kick it, but also keep it and move it.

There is more to this Scandinavian powerhouse than meets the eye.

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