It’s fair to say that Remo Freuler hasn’t left Nottingham Forest quietly and has now fired a parting shot at Steve Cooper. The Reds allowed the international performer to join Bologna during the summer transfer window.
Forest added Freuler to their ranks during the summer transfer window of 2022. He only cost the club £7.5 million and on paper, he looked like a useful signing.
Although the 31-year-old wasn’t quite as bad as some fans made out, he did struggle. Freuler is used to playing in teams that typically have the ball and not ones that prefer to play on the counter-attack.
The man who captained the side on some occasions last season didn’t play any of the final six games of 2022/23. That sparked an upturn in fortunes for Forest and they decided to let him go this summer.
After leaving, Freluer has been quizzed on why he felt he was left out at Forest. He can’t pinpoint an answer and he’s claimed that Steve Cooper couldn’t either!
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He told Corriere dello Sport: “Before he had given me the captain’s armband. I spoke to him, be he couldn’t tell me what I had done wrong and so we remained halfway.”
Freuler takes aim at Cooper after Forest exit
The Forest head coach doesn’t really have to give Freuler any reasoning behind his decision. Forest only lost one of the last six games and that should be enough of a reason.
Things just didn’t work out for Freuler in England. Had Forest played with the ball a little bit more then he might have been okay but ultimately, they had to make room for new signings this summer.
At 31, Freuler’s career is now approaching the twilight years. Although he’s still a capable performer, Forest were definitely right to get rid of him at this stage.
Some of the criticism that Freuler received simply wasn’t called for. However, this hasn’t painted the player in a great light and perhaps he should have been a little less bitter after his Forest departure.