Nottingham Forest defender Loic Mbe Soh has agreed to join Guingamp on loan until the end of the season, according to Get French Football News. The forgotten Reds man has waited patiently for a chance and hasn’t featured since August.
Now he will get the chance to play some regular football in his home country. The man signed from PSG in July 2020 will sign for the team currently occupying 13th place in the second tier of French football and there will be no buy option in the deal.
Mbe Soh looked like a promising signing when he was added to the Reds’ ranks in 2020. He had made three appearances for the PSG first team and had also been nominated for the FIFA Golden Boy award during his time in Paris.
Things started quite promising for Mbe Soh too. He played in the first two matches when he arrived against Huddersfield and Bristol City but when Chris Hughton replaced Sabri Lamouchi, for whatever reason, he just didn’t fancy him.
Then, disaster struck on the opening day of the 2021/22 campaign. He was handed a start but was forced off with a groin injury and he struggled to recover from that; also spending time out during the promotion-winning campaign with a thigh problem.
Mbe Soh has made three substitute appearances during the current campaign. Steve Cooper knows that he’s craving regular football, however, and he will hope to get a good run of games under his belt in France with Guingamp.
Mbe Soh has agreed to join Guingamp and it’s for the best
If the French defender could do things differently, he might not pick Forest. He’s never managed to get a consistent run of games and has played just 13 times during his time at the City Ground.
Mbe Soh has looked like a useful player when he has played. He’s looked quick, composed and boasts all of the attributes to become a solid defender in the modern era.
In 2021, Scott McKenna praised the youngster; explaining to Nottinghamshire Live that he’s ‘brilliant’ in training and that came at a time when he also wasn’t playing.
Mbe Soh is still only 21-years-old. He is in danger of wasting his potential, however, and this loan spell should help him regain some confidence and more crucially play some regular first-team football.