Two former Nottingham Forest stars have been named in the Who Scored Premier League Team of the Week.
Matty Cash left for Aston Villa last month for £16 million and he helped the Villans to a second consecutive clean sheet at Fulham yesterday.
Alongside him is Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow who produced a Man of the Match display against Tottenham at the weekend.
Cash was no stranger to the Championship Team of the Week last season, becoming a regular for his superb form in the Forest team.
His departure was a tough one for the Reds to take but with promotion not secured, it always seems likely Forest would have to make sacrifices.
The academy graduate played 141 times in the Garibaldi, featuring in several positions, excelling at right-back during 2019/20.
Darlow left Forest in 2014, signing for the Magpies along with Jamaal Lascelles who is now the club captain at St James’ Park.
He has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team whilst Newcastle have been in the Premier League.
Darlow’s excellent performance on Sunday was just his 22nd appearance in the top-flight. In Martin Dubravka’s absence, however, he has been given a chance to shine.
The 29-year-old was a regular for Newcastle during the 2014/15 campaign, however, as the Magpies won promotion from the Championship.
Both players are symbolic of the work being done within the Nottingham Forest academy ranks.
Gary Brazil deserves unbelievable credit for nurturing the youngsters and producing quality players.
Cash and Darlow are two of plenty who have gone and become decent players in Premier League squads.
The hope for the future will be that Forest can reach the top-flight themselves and start to build a team around their own academy starlets, rather than constantly selling them.