Matty Cash has been at Nottingham Forest since he was 17. Coming through the academy after being signed from the FAB Football Academy, the Englishman has always been highly rated at the City Ground. From featuring regularly for the first team at 19 to now being linked with a potential move to the San Siro. The question is, will he be tempted to leave a side halfway through a promotion push?
The 22 year old, according to The Nottingham Post, has become subject to a bid of £12m. Although there were initial enquiries from AC Milan and Southampton over a January move, it looks like West Ham are the front-runners.
Even more this window, Cash has been linked to moves away for a while now. Chelsea and RB Leipzig were both reportedly interested in a £5-6 million move for him. Yet he stayed loyal to the Garibaldi and signed a contract extension. This was during a time the club weren’t really in the conversation for going up. Now, Forest sit 5th in table and 5 points off the automatic promotion places. It doesn’t really make sense for the Englishman to leave in January.
But when football royalty like AC Milan or an established Premier League side like West Ham come calling, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cash’s head is tilted. Either way, here’s our profile on the current Forest right-back
Matty Cash – Style of Play
Part of the reason why Forest have been dangerous on the counter is Cash’s role in attacks. The video really showcases the offensive side to his game. The 22 year old has a good final ball, either cutting it back to the striker or swinging it in for a 6ft 4 mountain like Sammy Ameobi to head in. 2 goals and a career high 4 assists in 26 league games, the Forest academy product is thriving at right-back.
Though a midfielder by trade, Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has played him as a right back in 2019/20, which has come with great success. At 6ft 1, Matty Cash has a great physical presence. The height and strength that comes with his frame allows him to dominate the opposition, either driving forward through the middle or out wide as a fullback. Alongside the strength, he has a great turn of pace.
But what the video doesn’t highlight is how industrious Cash is and the defensive side to his game. The Englishman is incredibly hard working, probably why Lamouchi saw him as a fullback, arguably the most physically intensive position on the pitch. Constantly up and down the right hand side, alongside the assists and goals, Cash’s defensive numbers are outstanding. Averaging a staggering 3 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game, his all round game is great. It’s no wonder the Rossoneri and Premier League sides are keeping an eye on him.
Either as a box to box midfielder or a right back, Matty Cash has a bright future ahead. He has had difficulties with injuries in the past. However, hopefully he can stay fit and fulfil his potential. Whether that’s in Nottingham or Milan, only time will tell…
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