A report by The Athletic has claimed that Loic Bade is yet to convince Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper that he’s ready for the Premier League.

The youngster has checked in on loan from Rennes but he’s yet to feature for the senior ranks at the City Ground.

Bade is a highly-rated player and it was expected that he’d bring some pace to the Forest back line.

For the Frenchman, it’s proved a very frustrating time. He’s yet to make it onto the pitch in any capacity and his arrival seems like a strange one.

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The 22-year-old has played for Lens, Le Havre and Rennes during his young career. Last season, he made 21 appearances for Rennes, including five times in Europe.

As a result, it’s perhaps surprising that he’s not played more for Forest. The Reds had been conceding for fun up until a few weeks ago.

Things are improving now, however, The Reds were battered by Arsenal but they won’t be the only team to suffer that fate this season.

Bade will be desperate to get out on the pitch. He will have viewed moving to the Premier League as a dream but so far it’s been a nightmare.

It’s easy for supporters to say who should and shouldn’t play. Ultimately, however, they don’t watch the group in training every day.

Cooper does get that luxury and it would seem that he is yet to be convinced by Bade when it comes to playing in the Premier League.

Bade yet to convince Cooper

With Forest now looking to have cracked things defensively, perhaps Bade is running out of time to impress the manager.

Joe Worrall and Willy Boly have played the last two matches. It seems as though the pair are now in possession of the shirts at centre-back.

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Before that, Steve Cook and Scott McKenna had struck up a nice partnership, with Moussa Niakhate also set to return after the World Cup.

Bade looked a useful signing on the face of things. Now, he’s facing a fight to make a single appearance for the Reds and it will be interesting to see if a decision is made regarding his loan in January.

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