Nottingham Forest star Remo Freuler was bang in form last night as Switzerland defeated Israel. He registered a couple of assists to help his country secure a 3-0 win and received some praise from the national media in his homeland.
Freuler signed for the Reds in the summer for a fee of £7.5 million. He swapped Atalanta for the City Ground, ending a long association with the Serie A club where had made over 200 appearances and played in the Champions League.
The 31-year-old has been something of a scapegoat in recent weeks among the Forest fan base. He’s not been at his very best but all of a sudden some supporters believe that he’s not actually all he’s been hyped up to be.
His form when playing for Switzerland perhaps suggests that Freuler isn’t the problem. The challenge for Steve Cooper is to get the right players playing around him and utilise a strategy that gets the best out of the midfielder – much like Switzerland do.
Last night, Freuler flexed his quality to his critics. He claimed two assists for his country as they claimed a big win and in the process, he earned some praise from the national media in Switzerland.
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The sports website 20Min wrote about the Forest man: “The Swiss assist king: His header before the 1-0 became an exemplary template for Vargas. At the second Swiss goal, Israel keeper Galzer parried Freuler’s magnificent heel finish, and Amdouni dusted off.”
Freuler in form for Switzerland and he’s not the problem for Forest
It’s pretty pathetic that Freuler has come under fire from certain sections of the Forest support. Clearly, he’s a talented player and hopefully, this performance will give him some confidence to kick on at the City Ground.
It’s impossible to have the career that the Forest midfielder has had without possessing some quality. The problem at the City Ground certainly isn’t Freuler and he’s providing Cooper with a bit of a conundrum right now.
Forest recently went nine games without tasting defeat at home. Freuler played in all of those games and Cooper has to restore the midfielder to his starting line-up when Wolves arrive in town on Saturday.