Former defender Steve Chettle doesn’t believe Loic Mbe Soh is good enough for Nottingham Forest at this stage of his career.
The ex-enforcer made the comments during an interview with Nottinghamshire Live. He discussing whether or not the club would cope if Joe Worrall left.
The 24-year-old centre-back has been the subject of Premier League interest. Burnley, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all been mentioned as potential suitors.
If he were to leave, Forest would have options. Scott McKenna, Tobias Figueiredo and Mbe Soh are all in the Reds ranks.
Chettle isn’t convinced though. He reserved praise for McKenna, slammed Figueiredo and perhaps made a surprising comment on Mbe Soh.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I like McKenna. I’m not sure about Figueiredo.
“I’ve only seen Mbe Soh play one game to be fair and I wasn’t overly impressed. He needs to earn his money and be good enough to play.
“If he’s not good enough you need to have a plan after that.”
The 20-year-old signed from PSG last summer. He was viewed as an exciting addition and one with vast potential.
He has previously been nominated for the FIFA Golden Boy award, starring for the under-19 ranks in Paris. Mbe Soh also made three appearances for the first team.
Future star: Forest should persist with Mbe Soh
Okay, so the youngster isn’t Worrall. At this stage of their careers, he’s probably not at the same level as McKenna either.
He does boast plenty of potential though and he could become a Forest star in the future.
Last season he endured a frustrating maiden campaign in England. He played just eight times and was often an unused substitute.
Mbe Soh is only 20 and if Worrall does stay at the club perhaps a loan spell would do him good. Playing football is paramount and that looks unlikely next season.
Forest are likely to lower their average age this summer. With that in mind, not selling Mbe Soh makes perfect sense as he could become a star for the club in the future.