Matty Cash is no longer a fresh-faced youngster at Nottingham Forest and is beginning to set standards for other senior stars to follow.

A product of a famed academy system is into his fourth season as a first-team regular at the City Ground.

He has passed the 100-appearance mark for the club, chipped in with a useful return of goals and done it all with a smile never far from his face.

Cash has become ‘Mr Professional’ for the Reds.

That is a title which has been bestowed upon Liverpool star James Milner by Jurgen Klopp this season.

A home-grown talent on Trentside slips seamlessly into a similar category.

Like Milner, Cash goes about his business in understated fashion.

He is not one to dominate the headlines, but remains an important cog in the wheel.

No toys will be thrown out of the pram when asked to do a job that may not be the most obvious fit for him, with there a willingness on his part to think more collective than individual.

A summer switch to right-back has helped to further highlight that point.

Impact

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Rather than focus on making an impact in the final third, Cash is being charged with the task of doing more in the defensive one.

Having graduated into the Reds’ ranks as a winger, being pushed back at the age of 22 may not have instantly appealed.

Cash is, however, aware that regular roles are not to be passed up.

If he is not considered to be a favoured option on the flanks, then why not find minutes elsewhere?

He has knuckled down and become something of a revelation for Forest in 2019-20.

Questions were inevitably asked early on of his ability to adjust both his mindset and skill set to the demands of a position which requires him to do more going ‘the other way’.

He vowed, though, upon being informed of Sabri Lamouchi’s tactical tweak to do his best to adapt.

Example

 

Through 15 appearances, Cash has gone above and beyond.

To the point that he should be held up as an example for others.

His goal in the 2-1 defeat to Hull City was yet another example of his ‘never give up’ attitude – a trait which was not universally shared by those around him on Wednesday.

To him, there is seemingly no lost cause.

And if a wall is hit, be that metaphorically or literally, then merely turn yourself around and go again.

Cash has been pushing that message on social media.

Back-to-back defeats may have been suffered, but we go again when Reading roll into town on Saturday.

No excuses, pointing of fingers or head dropping.

An affable character off the pitch – one to raise morale when it may be sapping and always happy to front up to the media – and an energetic character on it.

Forest should be proud to have this particular Cash in the bank!

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