Loic Mbe Soh has been “very unfortunate” not to have featured more often for Nottingham Forest this season, according to Scott McKenna.
Mbe Soh joined Forest from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, after coming through the ranks with the French giants.
The defender has since found game time hard to come by at the City Ground, though, making only seven first-team appearances this term.
Of his six appearances in the Championship, only four have been starts and two have come as a substitute, being left on the bench on 35 occasions this term.
But Mbe Soh has been praised by Chris Hughton on multiple occasions for his attitude towards training and his patience – and this is something Scott McKenna has now singled out for praise.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, McKenna said: “There is definitely a lot of competition. Toby has played more games than me and Wozza this season. He’s been more of a mainstay than both of us.
“We’ve got Loic as well. He’s been very unfortunate. He trains brilliantly every day and has probably not had the minutes he would have liked.
“His attitude is spot on every day. He’s one of the best trainers. He’s just been really unfortunate this season.
“His time will come though and when he gets that opportunity, he’ll be more than ready.”
Forest face Preston North End on Saturday, where the Reds will want to sign off 2020/21 with a win at the City Ground.
I don’t think it would be too bad of an idea to send Mbe Soh out on loan this summer.
This is something the manager has previously discussed, and after seeing the likes of Brennan Johnson and Jordan Gabriel thrive out on loan this season, it could be a decent move for Mbe Soh.
He is still only young and is a raw talent, so it would be good for him to get some experience of first-team football more often.
It may have been a daunting season for him, too, moving over from France to a different country and not being able to do a lot due to the pandemic.