Chris Hughton on Loic Mbe Soh Omission for Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has revealed why he chose to drop defender Loic Mbe Soh. The young defender’s run of two games in the first team starting 11 ended against Birmingham City on Boxing Day.

Nottingham Forest Reveals Reason for Loic Mbe Soh Omission

Brief Spell Starting Brought to an End

Forest boss Chris Hughton chose to end a brief spell in the starting 11 for Loic Mbe Soh against Birmingham City.

The talented Frenchman had featured in the Reds’ two games previously – against Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall – and had earned promising reviews.

But the 19-year-old was swapped for Tobias Figueiredo for the 0-0 draw with Birmingham City on Boxing Day.

Chris Hughton revealed the decision to rest the defender was purely tactical, with Nottingham Forest set to take on Stoke City and Preston North End.

“It was just tactical, that was all,” he said afterwards.

“You make changes for different reasons – sometimes it’s about rotation, sometimes it’s about form, and sometimes it’s just tactical based on the way you think the opposition is going to play or individuals who are going to play.

“It was purely tactical, because of the type of game I thought it was going to be.

“I’ve been really delighted with Loic and he will certainly play a big part for us.

“It was a tough call to make. Loic has done well for us and we like him a lot.”

Loic Mbe Soh has made just a handful of appearances for Nottingham Forest since signing under Sabri Lamouchi in the summer.

Arriving in September as one of Lamouchi’s many summer signings, Mbe Soh has started just four times – twice under new boss Hughton.

Next up for Forest is a trip to Stoke City on December 29. The Reds then take on Preston North End in their first outing of 2021.

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