Amid some really strong Nottingham Forest performances at Derby, a problem is staring Chris Hughton in the face.

Luke Freeman started on the left-wing once again but his performance at Pride Park was patchy at best.

Since coming back from an operation, the player on-loan from Sheffield United has been a regular in Hughton’s team.

Despite some good form for the Reds, it’s an element of the boss’ thinking that has come into question among supporters.

Luke Freeman
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Of course, Forest are currently in decent form and Hughton’s decision to persist with Freeman appear justified.

The stats from Friday perhaps suggest he should be doing more to repay the gaffer’s faith, however.

During the Pride Park showdown, Freeman had six unsuccessful touches – the most of any Forest player, according to Who Scored.

He failed to contribute any key passes and also failed with four of his five crosses into the Derby box.


Perhaps the most alarming statistic is the amount of passes he made during the 82 minutes he was on the pitch.

He made just 15 passes and for context, Anthony Knockaert on the other flank made 36.

The Forest squad is brimming with options in wide areas and with just one goal contribution all season, Freeman’s inclusion is open to debate.

Sammy Ameobi is now fit and some supporters remain baffled at the 28-year-old continuing to get the nod over Joe Lolley.

Luke Freeman
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With plenty of Championship experience to his name, it’s surprising that he hasn’t had more of an impact.

As a loan player, it does seem a bit surprising that Freeman continues to get picked, despite clearly struggling for any kind of form.

With Luton Town on the horizon tomorrow night, Hughton is faced with a big decision regarding the struggling winger.

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