Gaetan Bong is a player who simply loves Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton.

His recent performances, however, mean the boss simply has to stop picking him.

The former Brighton man was part of their promotion-winning team in 2016/17, playing 24 games at left-back.

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Alongside current Forest players Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert, Bong won Hughton’s trust.

In total he played 102 times for the Seagulls, providing six assists during his time at the club.

Back in 2017, Bong stamped his colours to the mast during an interview with the Brighton and Hove Independent.

Speaking on Hughton, he said: “I like the manager, he’s a great man and I just want to fight for him and help the club.

“He knows I am ready to fight. I’m not somebody who talks too much, I just come in and do my job and he knows that.”

Those comments came almost four years ago and Hughton mustn’t let past loyalties get in the way of logical thinking any longer.

With Yuri Ribeiro and Tyler Blackett capable of playing left-back, it’s time for the Bong experiment to stop.

Four years is a long time in football and the 32-year-old has looked way past his best this season.

In some games, he’s looked capable but they have been very few and far between.

Even when he assisted Lyle Taylor’s winning goal against Cardiff in the FA Cup, there were still many occasions where he left Harry Wilson unmarked.

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Against Watford he was given a torrid time by Ismaila Sarr and last time out at Brentford he gave away the penalty which allowed Ivan Toney to score.

Forest can ill-afford many more mistakes this season as they aim to secure their second-tier status.

As a result, Hughton would be wise to abandon his approach regarding Bong.

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