Ex-Nottingham Forest player Loic Bade has claimed Steve Cooper preferred players with experience during an interview with Ouest France. The 22-year-old signed on loan at the City Ground in August but left without a first-team appearance to his name.

Bade checked in from Rennes and a £12 million deal was agreed over a permanent transfer next summer. Things didn’t go according to plan though and his loan deal was terminated earlier this month; allowing the player to sign for Sevilla.

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The defender fell behind other players in the pecking order. Steve Cook and Scott McKenna kept him out for a little while and more recently Cooper has preferred the experience of Willy Boly with the energy of Joe Worrall at central defence.

Now, Bade has lifted the lid on his time at Forest. He’s claimed that the manager preferred more experienced players and that’s the main reason for him not making a City Ground appearance.

He told Ouest France: “The coach preferred players with experience. His choices were made based on that criteria.

“Even though it was a complicated experience, I think I got something positive out of my time at Forest.

“The problem is that there were a lot of players in the team. I knew that from the start but I looked at who was playing in my position and I thought I could manage.”

Cooper preferred players with experience, Bade has claimed

It’s not really a shock that Cooper preferred to go with players that he knew and trusted from the promotion-winning campaign. Moussa Niakhate has also been a big miss for the Reds and he looked like a steady player earlier in the season.

Bade clearly didn’t get a chance and only Cooper knows why that is. The player was thought to have a bit of pace and that does make it very odd that he didn’t get a chance, with Forest clearly lacking in that attribute.

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The talented defender has played four games for his new club. He’s started three games and has come off the bench, with Sevilla struggling in La Liga this season.

The Forest experience might have done Bade some good. Now, the Reds fan base will monitor his time at Sevilla with intrigue to see if they let a real gem out of their grasp.

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