Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp are close to signing Loic Mbe Soh from Nottingham Forest on a loan deal until the end of 2022/23, according to Le Telegramme. The centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at the City Ground and is desperately craving football.
The French defender played the second 45 minutes as Forest lost 3-2 to Atromitos. He operated as a right-back and he showcased his versatility during the defeat to the Greek Super League team.
Mbe Soh signed for the Reds during the summer of 2020. He joined from PSG and was expected to be a decent acquisition for the future, but also someone who could make an immediate impact.
That didn’t really transpire though. Several niggling injury problems have hampered his progress and he’s managed just 11 appearances for the Reds senior squad during his two years at the City Ground.
Now, he’s set to leave the club to get regular minutes. Guingamp are currently mid-table in the second tier of French football and it’s fair to say that Mbe Soh could be capable of giving them a lift.
Mbe Soh was signed from PSG for a fee of around £4 million. There he was nominated for the FIFA Golden Boy award, although he didn’t win the accolade for his efforts during that year.
Mbe Soh set for Guingamp loan
It’s perhaps a little bit disappointing that Forest can’t get an English club to sign the player. Getting experience of regular football in this country would be more beneficial and would help him adapt.
Mbe Soh is very capable of doing a job for the right club. He can play as a central defender or as a full-back and is a very intelligent defender despite his relatively tender years.
The player has nowhere near enough experience in men’s football. As a result, loaning him out makes perfect sense. Naturally, he will hope to play regularly during his spell at Guingamp in France.
Mbe Soh is only 21-years-old. He has a year to run on his deal at Forest in the summer and perhaps this loan spell can provide the catalyst for a regular run at the City Ground next season.