It would be a surprise if Nottingham Forest were to take up the option to sign Luke Freeman permanently.
That’s according to Nottinghamshire Live, with Freeman having largely disappointed during a loan spell from Sheffield United this season.
The midfielder joined the Blades following their promotion to the Premier League in 2019.
After a promising start to life at Bramall Lane, Freeman struggled to get into the team.
That resulted in the 29-year-old being loaned to Forest for 2020/21, but despite dropping back into the Championship he’s still struggled.
Freeman’s campaign at the City Ground has been described as “frustrating” and more was expected from him in terms of goals and assists.
Overall the Reds have been poor in attack this term, so the Blades loanee isn’t alone in failing to impress.
What next for Luke Freeman after Nottingham Forest?
Freeman still has a season left on the three-year contract he signed upon joining United.
With the South Yorkshire club joining Forest in the Championship next term, there is a chance he could fulfill it.
Especially as the Blades are likely to be struggling for numbers in midfield in 2021/22 as things stand.
Freeman has the ability to operate in central midfield, or in a number ten role should United revert back to their 3-4-1-2 formation.
The former Bristol City and QPR man can even play out wide should there be a complete change of system.
Freeman has been featuring as a winger for the Reds recently. He’s also previously excelled in the second tier of English football.
Whomever the new permanent Blades manager is, Freeman is certainly worth considering in their squad.