The centre-back arrived at the City Ground during the summer transfer window. He checked in on a season-long loan from Rennes and was expected to bring some pace to the defensive unit.
His time at Forest has been nothing short of a nightmare though. He’s failed to convince Steve Cooper of his quality and as he doesn’t speak particularly good English, the Reds’ head coach has preferred other options.
Now, the Reds could be willing to let Rennes terminate Bade’s loan. Moussa Niakhate is expected to be back after the World Cup and Forest already have a plethora of decent central defenders.
Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall, Willy Boly and Steve Cook are all at the club right now. None of that quartet looks like departing during the summer and Bade’s chances of regular football seem bleak.
Forest seemed all-in on Bade. They were so desperate to get him to the club that they even agreed to include a purchase option after Rennes demanded one in order to sanction an initial loan.
Bade could be handed chance to leave Forest
Some supporters aren’t convinced that the young French defender even exists! It’s been a strange old situation and the player looks like becoming Kevin Gomis 2.0, although he actually played for the club!
Bade looks unlikely to be called upon by Cooper. He has other options that he clearly prefers and it might be the best move for all parties if Bade is allowed to terminate his City Ground loan in January.
The 22-year-old arrived at the club with a pretty decent pedigree. He’s made 22 appearances for Rennes, whilst he’s also turned out for Lens and Le Havre during his career playing senior football.
He’s been on the bench just once for Forest. He was among the substitutes as the Reds lost 1-0 to Wolves at Molineux but failed to get himself on the pitch.
As a result, the writing looks on the wall. If there is a club willing to take Bade and give him regular football, he’s likely to push for a move during the January transfer window.
Given that he’s unlikely to make an appearance in the first half of the campaign, Forest would be wise to sanction any possible deal.