Lansbury has been named as the Championship player of the month for February and Freedman has explained the positive qualities he sees in the midfielder.
“He deserves it – he bought into the team philosophy – he got behind the team and made sure he played for the team,” said Freedman.
“That’s why I made him the captain – it was an easy decision because he led by example – achievements or not achievements, he represents me.”
Freedman uses the keyword of team several times in his assessment of Lansbury, which is arguably his best quality.
He seems to be have taken to what Feedman wants from the team easily, which explains why he’s been chosen to represent the club both on and off the pitch.
The challenge for the player and the boss now is whether he can win another monthly award before the end of the season.
It’s difficult for Freedman and Lansbury at the club because the side looks as though they are going to be a top half team by the end of the season, falling just short of the play-off places.
They have a challenge in terms of keeping the side motivated but Forest have just been challenged after defeat to Charlton, the first under Freedman, which creates pressure to bounce back against league leaders Middlesbrough.