Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has lauded Tobias Figueiredo for his professionalism following his fine run of form.

The Portuguese defender has played the last five games for the Reds after Steve Cook picked up an injury against Reading last month.

He hasn’t let anyone down and has been among Forest’s top performers during his latest run in the team.

The 28-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since taking Cook’s place and he seems hell-bent on helping Forest achieve success.

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Forest go to Luton tomorrow and Figueiredo is expected to keep his place in the team once again.

Cooper has been happy with the man who arrived at Forest in 2017 and hopes his good run of form can continue.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “Toby is a brilliant example of professionalism, he’s a brilliant example of someone who understands what the club wants to do and what the team wants to do.

“He never gets too high and he didn’t get too low when he wasn’t in the team. He’s been a great reference point for me to say to the other players who aren’t in the team, ‘that’s how you do it’.

Figueiredo form for Forest could earn him a new deal

If the central defender is happy in England then Forest would be wise to get him to stay beyond this season.

He is decent as part of Cooper’s setup and right now, he’s showing the level of form that warrants a contract extension.

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Figueiredo appears to be keeping things simple at the moment. The errors that have riddled his game previously have stopped and he’s clearly benefitted from Cooper’s coaching.

The 28-year-old is at a decent age and if he wants to stay at Forest the club should give him an extension.

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