The form of Matty Cash in Nottingham Forest’s right-back berth is another example of the Midas touch possessed by Sabri Lamouchi.

Everything he touches turns to gold.

One defeat in 11 Championship games, 22 points and a standing joint-top of the division.

Just about every major selection call the Frenchman has made has come off.

From Brice Samba between the sticks, Michael Dawson and Joe Worrall as a centre-half pairing, through to Ben Watson as a talismanic presence in a holding midfield role.


Forest now have the Ginger Pirlo pulling the strings and Cashu bombing on from full-back.

Few could have predicted such scenes.

The rule book is being seriously ripped up at the City Ground in 2019-20.

Forget everything you thought you knew as conventional logic no longer applies.


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In regards to Cash, he was rather backed into a corner over the summer.

With the likes of Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah brought on board, spots on the flanks were not going to be easy to come by.

There was then an untimely injury for Tendayi Darikwa to take into account.

And no permanent deal for former loan star Sam Byram.

Carl Jenkinson eventually arrived from Arsenal, but Cash was already trying to round off the corners of a square peg by then.

Lamouchi asked him to play at the back during pre-season.

As you would expect from an affable 22-year-old whose commitment to the cause has never been in any doubt, a defensive challenge was accepted.

There were a few early wobbles.

Cash was a winger, not a right-back.

Unaccustomed to having to track runs much further than the halfway line, a home-grown talent has been learning on the job.



There are still times when opponents slip by him, but an all-round game is being improved.

Cash has told the club’s official website: “Every game I go out there and give my best and that is all I can do.

“It is part of my game, getting forward, but if I do that I have to get back as well. That is the main part of the job so I do my best.

“I am loving it at right-back, I’m really enjoying it. I can see the whole game but it is a tough position to play, you have to switch on and be aware of everything around you. In this league, you come up against really good wingers so it is a challenge for me but I am really enjoying it.”

Keeping the switch on will be key for Cash.

Concentration at all times has to be his philosophy.

Attacking instincts will always make him a useful weapon in the armoury – with the teeing up of Watson for a match-winner against Barnsley a case in point.

It is, however, going the other way that is now his priority.

The misfortune of others has played into his hands, with Jenkinson also suffering injury issues, and he has grabbed his opportunity.

Impressive progress has been made by an unlikely star, but there is still much work to be done.

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