Alexander Milosevic boasts the potential to save Nottingham Forest money in the summer transfer market.

Acquired as a free agent in January, the Swede was handed an 18-month contract.

He will, therefore, be sticking around for the 2019-20 campaign.

And he feels fully adjusted to the demands of English football.

In many ways, he was thrown in at the deep end when arriving at the City Ground.

Martin O’Neill found himself short on centre-half options and was forced to bolster his ranks.

Milosevic was snapped up and thrust straight into the starting XI.

Adrenaline got him through his early outings, with there plenty of promise on show.

There was then an inevitable dip as mental and physical exhaustion kicked in.

Better

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“When I arrived I had to play a lot, then there was a time when I did not play any matches, but it was a bit because I had not had a pre-season,” Milosevic told Expressen in his homeland.

“Now at the end I have come back. I find myself doing well.

“It has been very good, better than expected. If you think about how many matches I have played and performed, I am really happy.”

Milosevic took in 12 appearances for Forest, with a return to the fold made after a month-long break from mid-March.

After seeing him recalled, few will forget his stunning strike in a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

He has added on his experiences to date, and having been drafted back into the Sweden squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers: “I feel safer and know what I can contribute. I take things in a different way.”

The 27-year-old has, like many around him, been on a steep learning curve.

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He has passed plenty of tests, with the promise of more A-grade outings to come.

A partnership with Yohan Benalouane looked positive for a while, and Forest have more options to throw into the mix.

Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo or Joe Worrall could be useful selections alongside a man who offers more than mere brute force.

O’Neill has a number of centre-halves at his disposal who boast both power and panache.

He may need those aces up his sleeve next season.

And with that hand, he shouldn’t need to pick up any more cards.

There have been calls for defensive reinforcements, but they really do not need to be at the heart of that unit.

Potential

WAYNE ROONEY TO EVERTON IS A JOKE.

Right-backs? Yes.

Sam Byram, please.

Left-backs?

Probably.

Centre-half, though, is a department in which the Reds are well stocked and can claim to still have potential to unlock.

Worrall falls into that category upon his return from a loan spell at Rangers.

Figueiredo will be desperate to right the wrongs of an injury-hit campaign in 2018-19, as will Dawson.

If Benalouane can be a little less card happy, then he is a useful squad player, while Milosevic could prove to be the best of the lot.

And having been acquired for nothing, he could represent shrewd business in the past, present and future.

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