Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says Nelson Oliveira is one of the ‘hardest-working’ members of the team in training.
The Portuguese striker joined on loan from Benfica on transfer deadline day
, bringing with him a wealth of experience from time spent playing in the English, French and Spanish top flights.
Oliveira has also lined up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo on a number of occasions while on Portugal duty, but Freedman says there is no ‘big-time’ attitude on show from the loanee.
The manager told Forest Player HD: “He’s a fantastic fella, he really is, and one of the hardest-working players on the training ground.
“He doesn’t always understand what’s required so you’ve got to be a little bit more patient, and I don’t think he’s fully settled in – I think he’s still got to adapt to the pace of the game. But he’s certainly working at it on the training ground.
“I think he needs a home. I’ve watched him for a number of years and I think he’s had too much too soon. Expectations of him are very, very high. But we’re getting to know Nelson and we’re working a lot on finishing.
“As long as he turns up with the right attitude and spirit, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be scoring goals for this football club very soon.”
Forest Player subscribers can watch an interview with Oliveira tomorrow, one of eight new recruits to join the club this summer – a successful period in the transfer market despite the club’s Financial Fair Play restrictions.
And Freedman revealed plans are already being put in place for future windows.
He said: “We had a meeting today about what we’re doing for January. I was happy with what I heard from the guys. Now we’ve got to go and scout these players.
“Truth be known, we’re also working towards July because you can never plan too short in football. You’ve got to look at the bigger picture and look to add to what is an exciting group.”