It is an important reinforcement for the Costarmoricains which also marks the end of a long soap opera. Loïc Mbe Soh joins En Avant until the end of the season. Here are 3 things to know about the centre-back on loan from Nottingham Forest.
At PSG from 12 years old
Born in Souza Gare in Cameroon in 2001, Loïc Mbe Soh touched his first balloons in the Paris region. In 2009, he played for JS Pontoisienne for 2 seasons before joining Courbevoie for a year. His performances and his potential allow him to join the Paris Saint-Germain training center.
In the club of the capital, the central defender of 1m87 earns his place in the various youth teams. A rise crowned with a title of champion of France in U17. The 21-year-old player becomes one of the indisputable starters in the Youth League, a competition during which he scores 2 goals. He joined the professional squad in 2018 and played his first match in Ligue 1 at the age of 17 years and 1 month. Despite his precociousness, the Parisian titi only takes part in 2 other league matches between 2018 and 2020 with the capital club.
French international since the U16s
The Franco-Cameroonian rose through the ranks in club and also in the national team. He is regularly selected with the France team from the U16s. Quite quickly, the Parisian showed the extent of his talent by obtaining the captain’s armband. A role he has held throughout his career in Blue. In total, he played 26 games with the tricolor jersey until U19.
Endowed with a strong personality, Loïc Mbe Soh marks his coaches like Patrick Gonfalone, his coach in U16 and U17. “He knows how to do everything, it’s impressive. He is already very mature, very responsible. He exudes something through his personality. His partners want to follow him », explains the former player of Angers in the columns of Parisian. His last appearance with the blue jersey dates back to February 2020 and his performances in England did not allow him to be recalled to the young France team.
A complicated adaptation in England for Loïc Mbe Soh
Lacking playing time with PSG, he left France to join Nottingham Forrest in the Championship (English D2) in 2020. His acclimatization in England was complicated since he only took part in 7 games during his first season. The following exercise is just as difficult since it enchaines the wounds, in the groin then in the thigh. Due to his repeated absences, he finished the season with the reserve team while the first team played the leading roles in the league and obtained promotion to the Premier League.
This season, he does not play any match in the English elite, the French international therefore joins the Côtes-d’Armor to revive. His arrival in central defense will allow Stéphane Dumont to make up for the absences of Pierre Lemonnier and Donatien Gomis. It is a reinforcement of weight for the En Avant which is going through difficult times in the championship. Loïc Mbe Soh could play his first minutes in Ligue 2 against Rodez.