Sheffield United midfielder Luke Freeman has revealed he can already see a change in philosophy and style under Slavisa Jokanovic, after the Serbian took over from Chris Wilder.
Jokanovic is currently away with the Blades squad in Spain. The former Fulham and Watford boss has his eye solely on promotion this coming season, and has added three new members of staff to his backroom team.
The Serbian is also said to have wiped the slate clean for every player in the squad. That means the likes of Freeman, as well as Regan Slater and Lys Mousset, all have a chance to impress.
Freeman was one of Wilder’s first signings as United reached the Premier League. However, a change of formation meant Freeman saw minutes hard to come by, and he spent last year with Nottingham Forest.
But now, back with United, Freeman is looking to kick on. And he admits he’s already noticed a change in approach from Jokanovic.
“It is to be fair, yeah, certainly a different style of play,” Freeman answered when asked about any changes.
“The lads are trying to embrace that and we’re looking forward to the season ahead. It’s good though (pre-season) and it’s a lot with the football cos like I say, it’s a new style of play and we’re learning a lot. The lads are really enjoying it.”
Freeman endured a tough spell away with Forest. A messed up operation cost him minutes, while Forest struggled in general before Chris Hughton steadied the ship.
Chance to impress?
Freeman is among a group of players who could be like new signings for United this summer. Midfield is also an area we need depth, so if ever there was a chance, it’s now.
If he can regain his full fitness and be the player he was with QPR, then United have a top Championship player on their hands. Of course, putting in the work and impressing Jokanovic will be down to Luke Freeman himself.
But he seems happy to be back, happy with a small change, and eager to impress the new coaching team.