Some comments from Chris Hughton last week suggested that Nottingham Forest might consider loaning out Loic Mbe Soh next season.
The Reds boss made the claims ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town and they might have alarmed some supporters.
Mbe Soh was an eye-catching addition during the summer transfer window. He checked in from PSG and signed a four-year deal with the club.
His maiden campaign at the City Ground hasn’t quite gone according to plan. He’s managed just seven appearances in all competitions and has largely been a peripheral figure.
Against Middlesbrough in January he scored his only goal for the club, nodding home a Joe Lolley cross during a 2-1 defeat for the Reds.
When he has played, he’s looked decent. As a result, Hughton should resist the temptation to let the starlet out on loan next season.
Mbe Soh has spent time behind Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo in the pecking order this season.
If all three remain at the City Ground for next season, Mbe Soh’s chances could once again be prohibited.
Forest should perhaps look to move Figueiredo on instead. The 27-year-old has just a year to run on his deal in the summer and it’ll be the last chance for the club to get a decent fee.
The Portuguese performer has looked to nurse a hangover from the effects of last season. He hasn’t been at his best all too often, with his game littered with mistakes.
Invest in the future
Playing games is important for Mbe Soh but if he leapfrogs Figueiredo in the pecking order he should get plenty.
As a former FIFA Golden Boy nominee, it’s clear what talent the young Frenchman possesses.
Forest have seen players go out on loan and thrive, leaving them short in key areas back at the City Ground.
The talented teenager could be a future Forest star for years to come and it could prove a foolish decision to loan him out for next season.
Hughton would be wise to keep him around the squad during 2021/22.