Former Nottingham Forest player Matty Cash has explained what he really didn’t want to do under former boss Sabri Lamouchi.
The ex-Forest man is set to make his international debut tomorrow when Poland face Andorra in a World Cup qualifier.
He has been called up by Paulo Sousa for the first time after qualifying through his mother.
Interestingly, England can rob Poland of a place in next year’s World Cup. Sousa’s men need a slip up from the Three Lions if they are to finish top of the group.
As a result, it seems as though Poland will be settling for a place in the play-offs in order to secure a World Cup berth.
It could have all been very different for Cash, however. He is now one of the leading right-backs in the country but that hasn’t always been the case.
He began his career as a central midfielder and played a lot of football for Forest as a winger.
It was Lamouchi who asked Cash to play at right-back for Forest and that didn’t originally wash with the player.
He told BBC Sport: “I’ve got ex-Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi to thank for turning me into a right-back.
“I remember being told I was playing right-back in a pre-season friendly and I didn’t want to do it. I’d never done it before but it worked and now I love playing there.”
Forest fans will monitor Cash progress with intrigue
The former Forest man is still a likeable character among the Forest faithful. It does seem, however, that Villa were laughing with the £16 million they parted with for Cash.
From a Forest perspective that seems like daylight robbery now, with Cash a quality Premier League performer.
Cash was instrumental during the 2019/20 campaign. The 24-year-old made 45 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and claiming five assists from right-back.
In total at Forest, he made 141 appearances and always gave his all when he was called upon by the Reds.
Now, Cash is on the road to international glory and he has former Forest boss Lamouchi to thank for that.