Nottingham Forest defeated Wolves on penalties last night and Remo Freuler showcased to his critics exactly what he’s all about.
The 30-year-old was in fine form as the Reds won 4-3 during the shootout, with the Carabao Cup quarter-final finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Freuler played alongside Ryan Yates and Orel Mangala in a three-man midfield and in truth, the trio were all steady.
In the eyes of some supporters, however, the jury has remained out on the player who signed for Forest from Atalanta for £7.5 million.
That seems somewhat strange. Freuler made 260 appearances for Atalanta and captained the team in the Champions League last season.
Yet, for some reason, some Forest fans seem incapable of seeing exactly what the central midfielder is all about.
Freuler is never going to be the sort of player that gets double figures for assists and goals during the course of a season.
Indeed, it’s fair to say that the player’s critics might not truly understand what he brings to the team until a moment comes when he’s not in it.
Last night, he was brilliant in the middle of the park and showcased arguably his best performance in the Garibaldi.
Freuler showcased quality to critics
If you’re not noticing Freuler, for good reasons or bad, it likely means that he’s doing exactly the job that Steve Cooper has asked him to do.
Last night, Who Scored showed some statistics that highlight exactly how good Freuler was – even if his critics might not have noticed him.
He made three tackles, claimed one interception and also completed five clearances during his 90 minutes.
In making 35 passes, he also made the most passes of any outfield player wearing a Forest shirt and his performance was fantastic.
Some critics simply don’t understand what Freuler is on the pitch to do.
His performance last night was no frills but that is what the Switzerland international specialises in.
Ryan Yates has won lots of plaudits this season and rightly so. He’s improving all the time and fans have raved about him.
Had an academy graduate produced a carbon copy of Freuler’s performance last night, they would have won rave reviews.
Anyone who is still unsure what Freuler brings to the table for Forest would be wise to re-watch the full 90 minutes from last night.
The scary thing is, there is still more to come from Freuler in a Forest shirt.