Derby County manager Phillip Cocu has told RamsTV how Tom Lawrence is an example to others and that is why he is Derby’s most-used player this season.
The Wales international winger has had plenty of ups and downs this term.
He started the campaign with a stunning two-goal performance in the opening day win at Huddersfield Town – one of the best individual displays of recent years.
But his popularity at the club soured due to the drink-driving incident.
Lawrence has gradually won support back following his on-field performances. And Cocu feels he is a shining example of a player who puts the team first.
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He’s an example of a player who can give a team the extras – his quality, dribbling, assists and goals. He’s an example of a player who always puts the team first. As a winger, he does an important job defensively, takes responsibility and helps the fullback. He is always available to receive the ball and never hides.
Lawrence is in the best form since signing for Derby County.
The 26-year-old was signed by former manager Gary Rowett. He posted six goals and seven assists in his debut campaign at Pride Park as the Rams reached the playoffs.
Under Frank Lampard, Lawrence posted six goals and just two assists.
This season, Lawrence has already beaten last season’s tally with seven goals and three assists. He is on course to beat his 2017/18 contribution.
Moreover, the Derby winger has a career high 80.8% pass-accuracy rate and averages more shots and key passes per game under the current management.