How Freedman has helped to rejuvenate Forest's key man

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Dougie Freedman has already had a big impact on Henri Lansbury at Nottingham Forest.

Dougie Freedman's slight tweak to Henri Lansbury's role at Nottingham Forest has delivered impressive rewards. 

Freedman took charge of the Reds seven games ago, and during that time Lansbury has emerged as the team's star player.

He has been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month award for February and much of his success owes to his new manager, who has devised a clever way of getting the best out of him.

Lansbury had been one of Forest's biggest disappointments this campaign, with his displays under previous manager Stuart Pearce often being ineffective.

Pearce utilised Lansbury as the creative fulcrum of the side as he desperately tried to find a way to replace to injured Andy Reid, but that never got the best out of the 24-year-old.

Lansbury showed glimpses of quality during his time under Pearce, but he never performed to a consistently high standard and struggled to find his best form.

That has all changed under Freedman, though, as the Scot has clearly given him licence to be more of an individual on the pitch.

  MatchGoalsAssistsShots per gameChances created per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyForward passes per gameDribbles per gameAppearancesMins Played
Henri Lansbury With Freedman 5 0 3.14 1.71 42.14 76.94% 12.85 0.28 7 619
Henri Lansbury With Pearce 4 4 2.33 2.23 37.66 75.09% 15.42 0.19 21 1647

Lansbury is showing more of a selfish streak under Freedman and it is enhancing his game hugely, with the attacking midfielder claiming five goals in his last seven games.

He is now taking more shots and embarking on more dribbles, but his passing is not required to be quite as penetrative. 

Lansbury is not creating as many chances for his teammates as he was under Pearce, and he isn't trying to under his current mandate.

Instead, Lansbury is generally playing safe (with his average amount of forward passes decreasing) and trying to find openings of space for himself to capitalise on.

It is a tactic which has worked to great impact so far and he may be the player that Freedman has had the biggest influence on, even by only making a minor change to his function in the team. 

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