Sheffield United will offer a lifeline to Luke Freeman at Bramall Lane after the midfielder’s loan spell with Nottingham Forest wasn’t turned into a permanent agreement.
Freeman was signed by Sheffield United on the back of their promotion to the Premier League in 2019, but the midfielder made only 11 top-flight appearances under Chris Wilder despite arriving with a decent reputation after a prolifically creative stint at QPR.
On the back of that, Freeman was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest, but 23 appearances in the Championship yielded only one goal, with the 29-year-old failing to properly convince under Chris Hughton after he replaced Sabri Lamouchi.
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As per an article from the Sheffield Star, there will be no reunion with Nottingham Forest after that lowkey campaign at the City Ground, with Freeman expected to be back in pre-season training with Sheffield United ahead of the final year of his contract with the club.
The Blades are, of course, embarking on a new era at Bramall Lane, with Slavisa Jokanovic appointed at the club’s new boss and successor to Chris Wilder.
A two-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last year for the South Yorkshire side, with Paul Heckingbottom eventually overseeing relegation after Wilder’s departure.
A new boss opens up new doors for players at Bramall Lane, as does Sheffield United’s relegation back into the Championship.
For Freeman, he’s had a tough couple of years, but he knows he’s capable in the Championship and he’s proved it before at QPR.
Jokanovic has brought the best out of players like Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen in the past, with Freeman possessing similar qualities to that pair.
In the right system at Sheffield United, he could be Jokanovic’s answer to one of that duo, providing a key link between midfield and attack.
It will be interesting to see how the 29-year-old gets on this time around.
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