Matty Cash has arguably been the biggest success story for Nottingham Forest in the 2019-20 campaign.

There are plenty of other contenders for that crown.

Sabri Lamouchi has impressed during his first season in English football.

Brice Samba has been a revelation between the sticks, while Joe Worrall has thrived on the back of his return to the City Ground.

Ben Watson has dished out plenty of humble pie and Lewis Grabban continues to silence those who are foolish enough to doubt him.

Cash, though, has been different gravy.

At this point 12 months ago, the 22-year-old would have been wondering if Martin O’Neill fancied him as a winger.

There may even have been questions of his long-term future at the City Ground.

Was a role on the flanks his to nail down heading towards a summer transfer window?

Fast forward to the present and Cash is now one of the first names on the team sheet.

As a right-back!


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Few could have seen this coming.

In many ways, such a move made plenty of sense.

Boundless energy and knowledge of what is required when bursting into the final third make him a useful option at both ends of the field.

Cash has proved as much.

An experiment which was rather forced on Sabri Lamouchi has delivered rich rewards.

To the point that Premier League interest has been mooted and a new contract signed.

All while becoming a first-team regular in the absence of more experienced options.

Tendayi Darikwa’s unfortunate pre-season injury opened a door.

Carl Jenkinson’s fitness issues on Trentside allowed Cash to burst through and make himself at home.

It would now take another enforced absence to see the alternatives come back into contention.


What was once an unfamiliar berth is now Cash’s for as long as he wants it.

There certainly appears to be no stopping him at present.

Along with cementing his spot in the Forest team, an affable individual has become a staple part of Championship Teams of the Week.

His hard work and end product is keeping him in contention for such recognition.

As is the fact that he tops a notable second tier chart.

Nobody has won more tackles in the Championship this season than the 54 Cash has emerged victorious in.

That is some achievement in itself.

To offer greater context, though, Cash won only 38 tackles in the whole of last season, 15 in 2017-18 and 26 in 2016-17.

He has become one of the best in the business in a remarkably short space of time.

And he’s not even a natural right-back!

To paraphrase a certain former Reds boss: “Well done young man.”

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