Nottingham Forest star Matty Cash has once again found his way to the top of a list of statistics produced by Between the Lines.
The makeshift right-back has been revealed as the man to have blocked most crosses in the Championship this season.
His 13 stopped crosses is one more than Preston’s Darnell Fisher and two more than Fulham man Joe Bryan.
Cash’s resurgence this season has been a joy to watch.
In the absence of Tendayi Darikwa and Carl Jenkinson, the 22-year-old has filled the void with aplomb.
Cash has only missed one game under Sabri Lamouchi and looks to have found a new home in defence.
Typically a winger, the Forest star has added another string to his bow, becoming a utility man for the Reds.
Most Crosses Blocked (Championship 2019/20):
13 – MATTY CASH ⭐️
12 – Darnell Fisher
11 – Joe Bryan
10 – Darnell Furlong, Rico Henry & Tommy Rowe
Lamouchi playing @mattycash622 at RB has been a revelation this season 🏆
— Between the Lines (@Between_TL) November 21, 2019
The fact he is now performing better than actual full-backs in the Championship is a remarkable testament to the player.
A lesser man might have sulked at being played further back, but not Cash. He has got on with things as a professional should and is relishing a regular run in the team.
The Forest man has been linked with Premier League clubs lately, signifying his fantastic form so far this season.
Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have all been linked with Cash (The Sun, Print Edition, 15/11; page 72).
Forest won’t want to lose this season’s star man and will probably be unwilling to discuss any departure in January.
Modern-day football and the lure of the Premier League finances dictate that Forest will need to get there at some point in order to keep their talented players.
Cash is thriving under Lamouchi. He is playing regularly, enjoying himself and is improving in every game.
The latest statistics serve to highlight the youngster’s importance and Forest fans will hope his purple patch continues.
It will be interesting to see what Lamouchi does when Jenkinson is fully fit. The ex-Arsenal man returned to training this week but right now Cash is proving undroppable and that could mean a waiting game for the summer signing.