This piece is part of our ‘End of Season Report’ feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.
Following on from Brice Samba last time out we move on and have a look at Matty Cash and how he performed during the 2019/20 campaign.
The academy graduate was reborn as a right-back during the season and was one of Forest’s standout performers.
Carl Jenkinson was added during the summer transfer window and many presumed Sabri Lamouchi would move Cash to his more natural position on the wing.
During pre-season, the Reds asked Cash to do a job in defence, after Tendayi Darikwa cruelly tore his knee ligaments.
It spoke volumes that despite Jenkinson being added, Cash’s performances were so accomplished that Lamouchi opted to leave him there for the remainder of the campaign.
With the Frenchman liking his full-backs to get forward and help in the attack, the energy of Cash proved a perfect component of his style of play.
The 22-year-old played 42 games in the Championship and was part of a Reds defence that claimed 14 clean sheets.
Summary – Few could begrudge Cash a Premier League move but Forest must make sure the price is right
It seems pretty evident that Forest might be forced to sell Cash during the summer transfer window.
The Telegraph reported yesterday that Sheffield United had seen a £10 million bid knocked back, with Southampton and West Ham also thought to be interested.
Forest, of course, would love to keep Cash. Given the financial climate and with no luxury of parachute payments a sale could be inevitable, however.
With that in mind, the challenge for the club’s hierarchy is to ensure a bidding war takes place and the club receives the right sum for a player who looks certain to win the Player of the Year award.
Cash deserves a chance to test himself in the Premier League and few supporters would begrudge him the chance to do so.