A new manager coming into a football club can cause different disruptions to player’s careers. Some are favoured over one another. There will undoubtedly be new signings as well as exits, but one player who may benefit from Slavisa Jokanovic arrival is midfielder Luke Freeman, who has been absent from the squad last season as the Blades were relegated.
He was signed by Chris Wilder in July 2019 from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee, making his debut as a substitute on the opening day of the season in a 1-1 draw at AFC Bournemouth.
Freeman, 29, joined Nottingham Forest on a season’s long loan last season, scoring once (against former club Bristol City in October 2020), in 23 league games played for the Reds. As part of the loan agreement, the condition stated that Forest has the option to purchase the midfielder, making him a permanent player, as reported in the Sheffield Star. However, the City Ground club will not take up this option and the player will return to Bramall Lane for the 2021-22 season.
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The former Arsenal man, who failed to make any appearances with the Gunners, is now back at Sheffield United as he enters his final year under contract. An attacking player by trade, Freeman could be very useful to the new manager in the season ahead.