Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna has lauded teammate Loic Mbe Soh for his professionalism during a frustrating campaign.
The Scotland international was speaking to Nottinghamshire Live after Forest had drawn 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Mbe Soh has made just a dozen appearances since checking in from PSG during the summer transfer window.
When called upon he has done a really good job. McKenna, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo have all been utilised ahead of him, however.
The former FIFA Golden Ball nominee might not have featured much but McKenna has praised the youngster for his efforts.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “There is definitely a lot of competition. Toby has played more games than me and Wozza this season. He’s been more of a mainstay than both of us.
“We’vve got Loic as well. He’s been very unfortunate. He trains brilliantly every day and has probably not had the minutes he would have liked.
“His attitude is spot on every day. He’s one of the best trainers. He’s just been really unfortunate this season.
“His time will come though and when he gets that opportunity, he’ll be more than ready.”
Will Mbe Soh feature next season?
A lot will depend on what happens during the summer transfer window.
If one of Worrall, McKenna or Figueiredo departs then an opportunity could present itself for the youngster.
It seems unlikely that McKenna will leave. He arrived for a decent sum just a year ago and has proved a really successful signing.
Whether Worrall leaves or not will be dependent on the financial situation at the club.
He will be the latest player to attract big money interest and it’ll be interesting to see if Forest can cling on this time.
Figueiredo would be the one most supporters would prefer to leave.
His game has been riddled with inconsistencies during 2020/21 and in the summer, he’ll have just a year left on his contract.
If a suitor can be sought for the Portuguese defender then Mbe Soh might just find himself bumped up the pecking order next season.