Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 by Coventry in their season opener but one man who did earn praise for the Reds was Loic Mbe Soh.
The young Frenchman was a late call-up for Joe Worrall who went down on Wednesday with a calf injury sustained during training.
That meant that Mbe Soh got the nod to partner Scott McKenna in defence and he didn’t disappoint.
The former FIFA Golden Boy nominee played just eight matches for the Reds last season. Worrall, McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo were all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Mbe Soh was impressive yesterday. He did only manage 45 minutes after sustaining a groin injury close to the interval.
It was his pin-point ball that set Brennan Johnson on his way to assist Lyle Taylor to score Forest’s opener and send the away end into absolute raptures.
The 20-year-old looks as though he can be a big player for the Reds this season and he’s deserving of more chances.
Forest in safe hands at the back with Mbe Soh
It was a real shame that the Frenchman had to leave the action early. He was in commanding form alongside McKenna and the pair looked to be complimenting each other nicely.
The future is bright for Mbe Soh, however, with many supporters of the opinion that he should be ahead of Figueiredo in the pecking order.
Mbe Soh was plucked from PSG last summer and it was anticipated that he’d make a big impression at the City Ground.
Instead, he spent his first season playing a peripheral role and that will have given him a desire to kick on this season.
Following the first game of the season, we looked at what Forest fans had to say about the performance of Mbe Soh in defeat to Coventry.