Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has explained that Remo Freuler isn’t afraid to give an opinion in the dressing room. The 43-year-old has been discussing the influence of the Switzerland star during an interview with Nottinghamshire Live.

Freuler was signed by the Reds in the summer from Atalanta. He played over 200 times for the Serie A outfit and also captained the team in the Champions League last season.

Freuler argues Cooper
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The 30-year-old has been a pretty shrewd signing for the Reds this season. He’s brought a calmness to the midfield and he’s featured most of the time under Cooper.

The Forest head coach is impressed with the midfielder. Now only does he offer a calm and composed head in the middle but the head coach has claimed that he’s not afraid to offer his opinion in the dressing room.

Cooper told Nottinghamshire Live: “He’s a really important player for us, Remo, and an important character as well. He’s got a lot of experience and had a lot of success in Italy with Atalanta.

“First of all, he’s very professional, very committed. You can tell him straight. He can give it back to you as well in the right way, which we like. He will speak openly in meetings and drive others on.

“Sometimes you’re having a meeting and you ask his view, and he’ll go, ‘enough talking, let’s go and do the game’. He’s that sort of guy.”

Cooper says Freuler isn’t afraid to give an opinion

The man with 53 caps for his country has been criticised by some supporters. It’s claimed in some quarters that it’s not entirely clear what he brings to the team but that is nonsense.

Okay, Freuler could definitely offer more. That doesn’t mean he’s a bad player though and it’s fair to say that he’s coping fine with the demands of English football.

Freuler argues Cooper
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It’s interesting that Cooper has come out and spoken about the importance of Freuler. It kind of dispels the theory that he offers nothing, with his manager clearly valuing his input.

The dressing room clearly values Freuler. He was handed the captain’s armband earlier in the season and the fact he’s not afraid to offer an opinion is a good trait.

There is definitely more to come from Freuler as the season reaches the business end. It does seem likely that the player will remain integral in Cooper’s team, however.

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