Nottingham Forest need to be in the market for a new right-back before the summer transfer window closes, regardless of Matty Cash’s bold claims.
The Reds were expected to add in that area well before we got to this point.
They haven’t and are now having to get creative.
Sam Byram headed back to West Ham at the end of his loan in 2018-19 and no deal was agreed to bring him back – allowing Norwich to swoop in.
That left Tendayi Dariwka as the man to make a defensive berth his own.
He then suffered an untimely ACL injury and everything was thrown up in the air again.
Cash been handed a full-back berth in pre-season outings, but that felt like a needs must situation.
Darikwa had been on Africa Cup of Nations duty and Jayden Richardson is a raw academy graduate.
If the plan had been to revert back to tried and tested for competitive action, then Forest have seen their hand forced.
Cash had to start at right-back against West Brom.
Sabri Lamouchi had no choice.
The Reds boss then saw a supposedly makeshift option open the scoring against the Baggies.
An inspired call… for 10 minutes.
Cash is a winger by trade and showed as much on Saturday, when finding the target and getting onto the front foot.
Heading the other way, he failed to convince.
The 21-year-old is adamant that he can.
Cash has told the Nottingham Post: “It is a position I would like to pin down and make my own.
“I hear loads of people say ‘he is not a right-back’. I just want to prove people wrong.
“The best I can do is to do my best in every game. I have been asked to play there and I will always give my all.”
Cash’s ambition is to be applauded.
He clearly believes that he can fill a problematic position and ease a serious selection headache.
Forest, though, need fewer defensive issues, not more.
They cannot afford to have any passengers, regardless of how eager they may be.
Cash has added in the Post: “I will play anywhere I am asked to. I would play in goal if I was asked to. That’s obviously a joke, but you understand my point.
“I played at right-back in pre-season and I am learning that role every week. I will make mistakes.
“I have to learn from those when they happen and keep going. There are areas where I can improve, but I will do that through experience.”
No arguing what that.
Cash, though, is not the finished article in his chosen position.
If there are more lessons to be learned and potential to be unlocked, then said progress should be made on the flanks.
Let someone else worry about the right-back spot.
Preferably somebody who has not been forced into it and actually boasts proven experience of delivering in such a role.
Somebody like Byram!
The deadline for getting fresh faces on board is fast approaching and Forest need to ensure that Cash’s pleas fall on deaf ears and that additions are made before 5pm on Thursday.